• ITVI.USA
    13,795.070
    81.410
    0.6%
  • OTRI.USA
    26.560
    -0.120
    -0.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    13,740.380
    64.000
    0.5%
  • TLT.USA
    2.720
    -0.060
    -2.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.670
    0.130
    5.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    2.930
    0.280
    10.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.320
    -0.020
    -1.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.040
    0.050
    1.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.740
    0.050
    3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    3.210
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    108.000
    5.000
    4.9%
  • ITVI.USA
    13,795.070
    81.410
    0.6%
  • OTRI.USA
    26.560
    -0.120
    -0.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    13,740.380
    64.000
    0.5%
  • TLT.USA
    2.720
    -0.060
    -2.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.670
    0.130
    5.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    2.930
    0.280
    10.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.320
    -0.020
    -1.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.040
    0.050
    1.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.740
    0.050
    3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    3.210
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    108.000
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Remnants of Hurricane Laura remain dangerous inland (with forecast video)

Severe weather possible across several inland states

Hurricane Laura slammed parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast early Thursday with winds of 150 mph. Laura left behind flooded coastal communities, widespread wind damage and disruption in freight flows due to closed roads and ports.

Even though the worst of the storm is gone and it has moved well inland, cleanup and rebuilding could take several months at the least, especially in the hardest-hit area of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

State officials said at least six deaths in Louisiana were storm-related. Four people were killed by falling trees, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards. The other two deaths were a man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while running a generator inside his home and another who drowned when a boat sank during the storm.

Some sections of Interstate 10 are still closed from Lafayette, Louisiana, westward to the Texas border.

More than 750,000 customers have no electricity across Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. More than half a million of them are in Louisiana.

The remnants of Laura —  now a non-tropical, low pressure system over northeastern Arkansas — will remain a threat this weekend for inland areas as it moves through the Mid-South and toward the East Coast.

Places like Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, Tupelo, Mississippi, and Huntsville, Alabama, could get hit by severe winds, tornadoes and flash flooding Friday and Friday night. Periods of heavy rainfall could result in totals of 4 or 5 inches for parts of northeastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi, northern Alabama, western and central Tennessee, southeastern Missouri, as well as western and central Kentucky, leading to potential flash flooding.

Saturday, the severe weather risk shifts eastward to the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic states, including places like Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, Richmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. The remnants of Laura will then move out to sea Sunday, taking the threat for severe weather with it.

Due to disruptions to the freight market from Hurricane Laura, FreightWaves is providing free access to key features of SONAR through Friday, Sept. 4. Click here to learn more.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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