Category 4 storm, which forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate, threatens U.S. fuel and chemical industries

BEAUMONT, TexasHurricane Laura barreled ashore near the Texas-Louisiana border in the early hours on Thursday, a vicious Category 4 storm threatening what forecasters described as lethal flooding and widespread wind damage.
Laura is a storm of historic proportions, with wind speed at landfall surpassing Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The fast-moving hurricane exploded in intensity Wednesday and had continued to gain strength into the night, with sustained winds of 150 miles an hour, according to the National Hurricane Center,…