Laura’s Potential Impacts For Kentucky

Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall in southeast Texas or western Louisiana late Wednesday night as a major hurricane, but where does it go after that?


What You Need To Know

  • Hurricane Laura will cause major problems for the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and eastern Texas
  • The tropical moisture will surge north Thursday into Friday
  • The heaviest rain falls Friday night into Saturday
  • A few inches of rain is expected on Saturday

Laura will continue to follow a steering flow around high pressure in the Atlantic before rounding the curve heading toward the eastern Texas and southwest Louisiana coast late Wednesday as a major hurricane.

A trough in the jetstream will pick Laura and its heavy rainfall up and spread it north just west of the Mississippi River Thursday. It will then take a hard right turn right toward Kentucky late Friday into Saturday.

Tropical downpours will begin to move in late Friday in southwest Kentucky and spread east into Saturday.

Expected Rainfall

Flash flooding is a possibility with the track over top of Kentucky. If the storm shifts south or north, the threat of flooding will go down significantly.

Spaghetti Models

The spaghetti models above show the consensus that Laura will take a path over the state.

In addition to the rain threat, gusty winds are also expected. Winds could gust over 30 mph at times with spotty power outages not out of the question. It is a good idea to have extra batteries on hand and to have your phone charged.

Wind Gusts

By Saturday evening, Laura will quickly move east with Sunday looking much brighter and drier.