A Louisiana sheriff has issued a sober warning to residents who refuse to evacuate during Hurricane Laura.
Ahead of a storm that is expected to "cause catastrophic damage" with an "unsurvivable storm surge" according to a hurricane center warning, Vermilion Parish Sheriff Michael Couvillion urged residents to include accessible contact information on their person if they intended to weather Laura.
"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 in a ziplock bag in your pocket," Couvillion starkly warned on post on the sheriff's office Facebook page.
Couvillion emphasized that the severity of the storm would make rescue efforts impossible after Laura makes landfall.
"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," he said.
On Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center bluntly warned of the anticipated impact of the storm, which is currenty a Category 4, when it makes landfall.
"Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes," the announcement read.
Hurricane Laura is expected to hit Louisiana and Texas late Wednesday and early Thursday.