This afternoon the National Hurricane Center UPGRADED Hurricane Laura to a "CATASTROPHIC" CAT-4 storm with potentially "unsurvivable storm surge." From the NHC bulletin:

And this...

Mercy Chefs is mobilizing TWO ENTIRE TEAMS to get ready. Any help you can provide right now will make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in our ability to quickly and most effectively respond. Go here to make your tax-deductible gift, and click here for more information from my previous update.

I'll provide more updates as the storm progresses.