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Texas Hospitals, Still Battling COVID-19, Now Face Hurricane Laura

“Remember: Just because a hurricane is coming to Texas does not mean COVID-19 either has or is going to leave Texas,” Gov. Rick Abbott said.

HOUSTON — Emergency officials along Texas’ storm-battered coast have had plenty of practice responding to disasters in recent years, but they’ve never seen a scenario like this: A destructive hurricane slamming ashore in the midst of a pandemic.

Hurricane Laura intensified to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Laura is forecast to make landfall around the Texas and Louisiana border on the Gulf Coast on Wednesday night or early Thursday.

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