Aug 26 (Reuters) – Laura has strengthened into a category 2 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, rapidly intensifying as it barrels towards the coasts of Louisiana and Texas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.

Hurricane Laura is expected to strengthen rapidly into a category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. The storm is about 335 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

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