(CNN)Louisiana officials are warning those who didn’t evacuate from mandatory zones before Hurricane Laura hit that rescue efforts won’t start until the surge has passed.

“Those choosing to stay and face this very dangerous storm must understand that rescue efforts cannot and will not begin until after storm and surge has passed and it is safe to do so,” the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Thursday. Hurricane Laura makes landfall in the USHurricane Laura makes landfall in the USHurricane Laura makes landfall in the US“Please evacuate, and if you choose to stay and we can’t get to you, write your name, address, social security number and next of kin and put it a Ziploc bag in your pocket. Praying that it does not come to this.”With winds 150 mph strong, Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm early Thursday morning. It has since weakened to a Category 3 storm, with winds at 120 mph.The storm is tied with a hurricane from more than 160 years ago for the strongest storm to hit the state. The 1856 hurricane also had winds of 150 mph when it made landfall.This photo of Hurricane Laura was taken from aboard the International Space Station on August 26.This photo of Hurricane Laura was taken from aboard the International Space Station on August 26. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallThis photo of Hurricane Laura was taken from aboard the International Space Station on August 26.Hide Caption 1 of 24A flattened structure is seen near a beach in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as the eye wall of hurricane Laura passes over on Thursday, August 27.A flattened structure is seen near a beach in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as the eye wall of hurricane Laura passes over on Thursday, August 27. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallA flattened structure is seen near a beach in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as the eye wall of hurricane Laura passes over on Thursday, August 27.Hide Caption 2 of 24A single truck is parked in an open lot as heavy rains from hurricane Laura fall in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 26.A single truck is parked in an open lot as heavy rains from hurricane Laura fall in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 26. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallA single truck is parked in an open lot as heavy rains from hurricane Laura fall in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 26.Hide Caption 3 of 24Shrimp boat Sea Lion V prepares for Hurricane Laura's landfall on August 26.Shrimp boat Sea Lion V prepares for Hurricane Laura's landfall on August 26. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallShrimp boat Sea Lion V prepares for Hurricane Laura’s landfall on August 26.Hide Caption 4 of 24Victoria Nelson lines up her children, Autum Nelson, 2, Shawn Nelson, 7, and Asia Nelson, 6, as they board a bus to evacuate Lake Charles, Louisiana, ahead of Hurricane Laura's landfall August 26.Victoria Nelson lines up her children, Autum Nelson, 2, Shawn Nelson, 7, and Asia Nelson, 6, as they board a bus to evacuate Lake Charles, Louisiana, ahead of Hurricane Laura's landfall August 26. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallVictoria Nelson lines up her children, Autum Nelson, 2, Shawn Nelson, 7, and Asia Nelson, 6, as they board a bus to evacuate Lake Charles, Louisiana, ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall August 26.Hide Caption 5 of 24A sheriff's deputy wipes his face while manning a roadblock in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 26.A sheriff's deputy wipes his face while manning a roadblock in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 26. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallA sheriff’s deputy wipes his face while manning a roadblock in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 26.Hide Caption 6 of 24Families line up to board buses to evacuate Lake Charles on August 26.Families line up to board buses to evacuate Lake Charles on August 26. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallFamilies line up to board buses to evacuate Lake Charles on August 26.Hide Caption 7 of 24Children play at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack, where some evacuees were settling in Austin, Texas, on August 26.Children play at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack, where some evacuees were settling in Austin, Texas, on August 26. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallChildren play at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack, where some evacuees were settling in Austin, Texas, on August 26.Hide Caption 8 of 24Demeteri Bushnell is hugged by her great-niece as they and other evacuees prepare to board a bus in Lake Charles.Demeteri Bushnell is hugged by her great-niece as they and other evacuees prepare to board a bus in Lake Charles. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallDemeteri Bushnell is hugged by her great-niece as they and other evacuees prepare to board a bus in Lake Charles.Hide Caption 9 of 24Traffic is at a near-standstill on Interstate 10 as people evacuate the region near Jennings, Louisiana, on Tuesday, August 25.Traffic is at a near-standstill on Interstate 10 as people evacuate the region near Jennings, Louisiana, on Tuesday, August 25. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallTraffic is at a near-standstill on Interstate 10 as people evacuate the region near Jennings, Louisiana, on Tuesday, August 25.Hide Caption 10 of 24A US Postal Service employee covers a mailbox with plastic wrap in Galveston, Texas. The plastic wrap signals that the final mail has been cleared from the box, and it prevents people from placing mail inside that could be lost in a flood.A US Postal Service employee covers a mailbox with plastic wrap in Galveston, Texas. The plastic wrap signals that the final mail has been cleared from the box, and it prevents people from placing mail inside that could be lost in a flood. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallA US Postal Service employee covers a mailbox with plastic wrap in Galveston, Texas. The plastic wrap signals that the final mail has been cleared from the box, and it prevents people from placing mail inside that could be lost in a flood.Hide Caption 11 of 24An evacuee waits to board a bus in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 25.An evacuee waits to board a bus in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 25. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallAn evacuee waits to board a bus in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 25.Hide Caption 12 of 24Nick Gaido, left, helps board up windows at his seafood restaurant in Galveston.Nick Gaido, left, helps board up windows at his seafood restaurant in Galveston. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallNick Gaido, left, helps board up windows at his seafood restaurant in Galveston.Hide Caption 13 of 24Roman Tatriot, with the help of family and friends, rounds up cattle in Cameron, Louisiana, so he can get them to higher ground.Roman Tatriot, with the help of family and friends, rounds up cattle in Cameron, Louisiana, so he can get them to higher ground. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallRoman Tatriot, with the help of family and friends, rounds up cattle in Cameron, Louisiana, so he can get them to higher ground.Hide Caption 14 of 24A family walks to a charter bus that would take them from Galveston Island to Austin.A family walks to a charter bus that would take them from Galveston Island to Austin. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallA family walks to a charter bus that would take them from Galveston Island to Austin.Hide Caption 15 of 24Katy Gay carries a dog as the Houston SPCA transferred more than 100 animals to the Austin Humane Society.Katy Gay carries a dog as the Houston SPCA transferred more than 100 animals to the Austin Humane Society. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallKaty Gay carries a dog as the Houston SPCA transferred more than 100 animals to the Austin Humane Society.Hide Caption 16 of 24People wait to board a bus to leave Galveston.People wait to board a bus to leave Galveston. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallPeople wait to board a bus to leave Galveston.Hide Caption 17 of 24People make sandbags at St. Raymond Church in New Orleans.People make sandbags at St. Raymond Church in New Orleans. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallPeople make sandbags at St. Raymond Church in New Orleans.Hide Caption 18 of 24People tie down their vessels along Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday, August 23.People tie down their vessels along Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday, August 23. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallPeople tie down their vessels along Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday, August 23.Hide Caption 19 of 24People stand in long lines before entering a New Orleans Costco to pick up supplies.People stand in long lines before entering a New Orleans Costco to pick up supplies. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallPeople stand in long lines before entering a New Orleans Costco to pick up supplies.Hide Caption 20 of 24Michael Kent moves his boat in Venice, Louisiana, on August 23.Michael Kent moves his boat in Venice, Louisiana, on August 23. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallMichael Kent moves his boat in Venice, Louisiana, on August 23.Hide Caption 21 of 24Crews bring sandbags to help with flooding prevention in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.Crews bring sandbags to help with flooding prevention in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallCrews bring sandbags to help with flooding prevention in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.Hide Caption 22 of 24Cesar Reyes, right, carries a sheet of plywood as he helps install window coverings at a business in Galveston.Cesar Reyes, right, carries a sheet of plywood as he helps install window coverings at a business in Galveston. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallCesar Reyes, right, carries a sheet of plywood as he helps install window coverings at a business in Galveston.Hide Caption 23 of 24Houston firefighters prepare rescue equipment in advance of the storm.Houston firefighters prepare rescue equipment in advance of the storm. Photos: Hurricane Laura makes landfallHouston firefighters prepare rescue equipment in advance of the storm.Hide Caption 24 of 2402 ISS Hurricane Laura 082605 hurricane laura 0827 LA08 hurricane laura 0826 LA11 hurricane laura 0826 TX10 hurricane laura 0826 LA01 hurrican laura 0826 lake charles 09 hurricane laura 0826 LA08 hurricane laura 0826 austin 02 hurricane laura 0826 lake charles 01 hurrican laura preps 082512 hurricane laura prep 0825 02 hurrican laura preps 082503 hurricane laura prep 082508 hurricane laura prep 082506 hurricane laura prep 082509 hurricane laura prep 0825 10 hurricane laura prep 0825 11 hurricane laura prep 082502 laura weather 0823 LOUISIANA01 laura weather 0823 LOUISIANA03 laura weather 0823 LOUISIANARESTRICTED 01 laura weather 0824 LOUISIANA02 laura weather 0824 TEXAS03 laura weather 0824 TEXASRead MoreBefore Hurricane Laura struck, water levels were rising rapidly along the coast, and forecasters warned of an “unsurvivable” storm surge of up to 20 feet and devastating winds. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards predicted parts of his state will be submerged.The expected tidal surge will probably keep authorities from making it into the parish, where roughly 150 residents chose not to evacuate, until Friday or Saturday, the Cameron Parish, Louisiana, Assistant Director of Emergency Preparedness, Ashley Buller, told CNN. Free bus transportation was provided to Lake Charles, Louisiana, residents who wanted to take shelter out of town. Mayor Nic Hunter told CNN’s Chris Cuomo late Wednesday night that authorities “did everything humanly possible to get the message to people,” but he said he is afraid not enough people evacuated.

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