Winds from the advancing Hurricane Laura whipped up the ocean in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday, August 26, ahead of the storm’s predicted landfall early on Thursday morning.
In an update at around 9pm local time, the National Hurricane Center said sustained wind speeds of up to 150 mph had been detected offshore as the storm system moved towards the US coast in Louisiana and Texas.
The center was predicting “catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding” on the northwest Gulf Coast during the night.
In this video, wind and waves can be seen buffeting the beachfront at Galveston on the Wednesday evening as the sun sets. Credit: @itseffinjas via Storyful