Laura is expected to cause damage as it moves through Louisiana and Texas and up north towards Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Laura has weakened to a tropical storm, sustaining top winds of 70 mph more than 170 miles after landfall.
The powerful storm struck land near Cameron on the southwest Louisiana coast at about 1 a.m. Thursday.
Nine hours later, it was about 10 miles north of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and had not yet weakened into a tropical storm.
The hurricane is expected to keep drenching Louisiana and then Arkansas as a tropical storm, causing widespread flash flooding and damage from winds. It was moving north near 16 mph.
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Tropical Storm Laura in Arkansas
The Associated Press contributed to this report. We will update this article with the latest models and tracks as it becomes available.