Two Major Storms to Slam the Gulf Coast This Week
New Orleans, LA – Two major storms are expected to slam the U.S. Gulf Coast this week as one is expected to make landfall on Monday afternoon.
Hurricane Marco was a Category 1 before it weakened overnight on Sunday into Monday.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Marco is now a tropical storm and is expected to make landfall Monday afternoon over the southern coast of Louisiana before tracking off to the west into Texas.
Marco is expected to bring with it sustained winds of up to 60 mph and 2 to 4 inches of heavy rain along the path of the storm.
2 named cycloness will track through the Gulf of Mexico: Laura (Tropical Storm) and Marco (Cat 1). This will be the shortest amount of time between 2 hurricanes making landfall on the Gulf Coast. We will continue to monitor the tropics to see if we see impacts here in PA #PAwx pic.twitter.com/eGmLRUXspt
— NWS State College (@NWSStateCollege) August 23, 2020
However, Tropical Storm Laura is more concerning.
It is now expected to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane in the warm Gulf of Mexico waters before making landfall over Louisiana and Texas in the early morning hours on Thursday.
Here’s the latest Advisory and Key Messages for TS #Laura from the @NHC_Atlantic (Sunday, August 23 at 5 pm EDT). Laura continues to drop heavy rains over portions of Puerto Rico. pic.twitter.com/XXojnZ7oim
— National Weather Service (@NWS) August 23, 2020
Laura is expected to also bring heavy rains and a dangerous storm surge as it tracks through Louisiana into Arkansas before moving off to the northeast.
Please take the proper precautions along these routes.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor these storms.
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