T.S. Laura and Marco: Both Headed to the Gulf of Mexico

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We are continually observing Tropical Storm, Laura, and Marco.  At this time, it is shaping up that these tropical systems have the potential to make landfall at nearly the same time.  There are tons of variables that go into tracking tropical developments.  Therefore, it is our goal to keep tabs on these developing situations closely.

Things you should know about Laura and Marco

  • Laura and Marco are both Tropical Storms; this means their wind speed is between 39 mph and 73 mph.
  • Several days away from a possible Untied States impact.
  • The path, strength, and impacts to the United States are still uncertain at this time. However, there are useful projections to help us prepare.
  • The seasonal water temperature average for the Gulf of Mexico is between 85 and 87 degrees.
  • Laura and Marco could interact with each other while they are both in the Gulf of Mexico. (Stressing the word “could”) There are so many variables that could propel or prohibit that from happening.

Tropical Storm Laura

  • Slow strengthening is expected over the next few days.
  • Tropical Storm force winds could extend outward up to 205 miles from north of the center.
  • Tropical Storm Warnings for Puerto Rico, U.S. & British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy. As well as parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Bahamas, and Turks & Caicos.
  • Could reach the northern U.S. Gulf Coast by the middle of next week.

Tropical Storm Marco

  • Marco is expected to strengthen over the next few days.
  • Potential to reach hurricane strength by Sunday night/early Monday.
  • Tropical Storm force winds could extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.
  • Reaches south-central Gulf of Mexico Sunday.
  • Forecasted to approach the northwestern Gulf coast on Tuesday.

We will continue to bring you updates as necessary to keep you informed on Tropical Storm Laura and Marco.