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New Orleans Meteorologist Chokes Back Tears While Reading Dire Warning About Hurricane Laura

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2020 just keeps coming, this time in the form of a major storm.

Hurricane Laura is the latest in this year’s offenses, and it’s expected to be one of the largest storms to touch down in the United States, ever.

The hurricane is currently classified as a Category 4 storm, with Category 5 potential, and is expected to impact Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

Hurricane Laura officially touched down in Louisiana shortly after midnight on Thursday morning, causing massive devastation, setting a biochemical lab on fire, and taking its first casualty, a 14-year-old girl near Lake Charles.

Leading up to its landfall, meteorologist Margaret Orr was live-broadcasting the weather report when she received an urgent update and safety warning about the storm.

The information given to Orr came from the National Hurricane Center, which she immediately shared during her broadcast. 

Orr led into her reading of the update with a potentially too-candid reflection: 

“It truly reminds me shades of Katrina.”

Orr choked up multiple times while reading the update: 

“Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes. This surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline.” 

Orr paused for a moment and then said to the camera: 

“That’s all I have to say.” 

 

Warnings are popping up all across Twitter regarding the safety of the three neighboring states. 

Prior to the landing of the storm, there were repeated warnings to evacuate the Holly Beach, Louisiana, area. 

In the meantime, the storm is projected to lead to more than 9 feet of water above sea level, across the Louisiana and Texas coastlines, moving inland a potential of 40 miles. 

Those following the storm on Twitter praised Orr for her coverage of the storm, much like her previous coverage of Katrina. 

Others made a point of sharing prayers and urging people who have the resources to evacuate as soon as possible.

Since the hurricane only landed a matter of hours ago, there’s no telling yet how extensive the damages will be to properties and families, nor how far inland or along the coastline the storm will manage to travel before dissipating.

We can only hope that residents will evacuate and take shelter when told and wait until the worst of the storm has passed.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.