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Marco is done while Laura moves into the Gulf

Marco is done while Laura moves into the Gulf”

As of the 11 a.m. update, Marco was about 55 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with 50 mph winds.

However, the same can not be said for Tropical Storm Laura, which is expected to make landfall late Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane.

Some heavy rain is also expected with, locally, more than a half a foot possible but no major flooding is anticipated.

The hurricane center issued a storm surge warning for coastal cities from Morgan City, Louisiana, east to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and forecasters warned the storm surge could be "life-threatening."

Total rainfall accumulations for Marco are estimated to be between 2 and 4 inches, with some isolated areas expected to experience about 7 inches of rain through Tuesday. Additionally, the weather agency is warning individuals that tornadoes may develop Monday evening across the Florida Panhandle and the southern portions of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

Maximum sustained winds were near 65 mph and the storm was moving smartly to the west-northwest near 20 mph.it should slow a little while in the central Gulf when significant strengthening is expected to occur.

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Tonight we will have fair skies with almost calm conditions and a low of 75. A tropical storm warning included Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, and metropolitan New Orleans.

Laura was expected to strengthen into a hurricane Tuesday and become more powerful Wednesday. Forecasts are showing Laura becoming a Category 2 hurricane prior to making landfall somewhere along the Texas/Louisiana border.

Over the weekend, Tropical Storm Laura was blamed for the deaths of at least 13 individuals as it moved through Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. At least nine people have died in the Caribbean due to the storm, at least three in the capital of Santo Domingo, according to the country's Center of Emergency Operations.

Check back as we continue to monitor these storms.

Once Laura emerges over the Gulf of Mexico Monday night, environmental conditions will become favorable for possible rapid intensification.

The storm downed trees, ripped away flimsy roofs and caused minor flooding on Sunday evening, reports say. "Texas law prohibits vendors from charging exorbitant prices for necessities such as drinking water, food, batteries, generators, towing, clothing, medical supplies, lodging, fix work and fuel during and after the crisis". Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the window between the two storms could be as slim as 12 hours - and it comes amid the coronavirus pandemic, an added challenge as people leave their homes and head to shelters.



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