Laura is now a hurricane and is forecast to strengthen more before hitting the Gulf Coast

After battering western Cuba as a tropical storm, Laura has strengthened into a hurricane in the Gulf Coast and is expected to grow even stronger as it heads toward Texas and Louisiana.

Hurricane Laura currently has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to data from a NOAA hurricane hunter plane, and is likely to become a major Category 3 storm or higher over the next day or so. The center of the storm is located 620 miles from Galveston, Texas, and it's moving at a rapid clip of 16 mph.

A hurricane warning has been issued for portions of the Texas and Louisiana coastline, according to the National Hurricane Center. The warning, an upgrade from the earlier hurricane watch, stretches from San Luis Pass, Texas, through Intracoastal City, Louisiana.

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Sources: CNN, The Port of Houston, BDP International

Update: The Port of Houston announced plans to cease all operations at Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals for the evening of Tuesday, 8/25, Wednesday, 8/26, and possibly Thursday, 8/27 contingent upon the path of the storms. 

Update: The Port of Houston will re-open with normal hours on Friday, August 28.

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