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Forecasts, closures, resources: What to know as Hurricane Laura approaches the Gulf Coast

The storm is expected to make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday. Here are resources to track how it's affecting different areas.

Hurricane Laura continued to build intensity as it approached the Texas-Lousiana border. Gov. Greg Abbott has warned that residents should prepare for a strong storm.

Hurricane Laura could make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, which it was upgraded to on Wednesday afternoon. Abbott said Laura might be similar to past storms such as Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita, but is not likely to be a replication of Hurricane Harvey. 

Here's a look at how Laura might impact different parts of the state, and the latest information for those areas.

Latest forecasts

Hurricane Laura: Forecast, models, and predictions as the storm approaches the Gulf Coast

Hurricane Laura: Track and spaghetti models

Interactive weather map: Track the hurricane

How will Hurricane Laura impact North Texas?

What's happening in the Houston area

Hurricane evacuations: Know when and where to go by zones, ZIP codes

EVACUATIONS: Houston, Galveston area cities, counties with evacuations ahead of Hurricane Laura

SCHOOL CLOSURES: A list of school districts, colleges closing due to Hurricane Laura

H-E-B closing some stores at noon Wednesday; other Houston-area stores to close at 6 p.m.

What's happening in the Beaumont area

STORM UPDATES: Mandatory evacuation orders in Southeast Texas counties

Beaumont-area counties issue mandatory evacuations ahead of Tropical Storm Laura

LIST: Businesses and organizations closing due to Hurricane Laura

LIST: Southeast Texas school closures ahead of Hurricane Laura

Hurricane plans: TxDOT evacuation routes, road conditions

'You're in God's hands,' | Southeast Texas officials weigh in on last minute evacuation efforts ahead of Hurricane Laura

Other resources

Generator 101: What you need to know about powering your electronics after a tropical storm

LIST: Here's what you need in your emergency kit during hurricane season

Be prepared: Tips to stay safe during tropical storms, hurricanes amid COVID-19 pandemic

What is storm surge and why is it so dangerous?

LIST: Areas prone to flooding across East Texas