Tropical storms Marco, Laura threaten U.S. Gulf Coast
August 24, 2020 - Tropical Storm Marco is approaching Louisiana for an expected landfall on Monday, while Tropical Storm Laura is forecast to hit the same stretch of U.S. coast later in the week, most likely as a hurricane.
Laura caused the deaths of at least 11 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, while knocking out power and causing flooding in the two nations that share the island of Hispaniola.
Marco had grown into a hurricane early Sunday, but the National Hurricane Centre said its sustained winds decreased to 70 mph (110 km/h) after nightfall. The centre cautioned that Marco could still cause life-threatening storm surges and dangerous winds along the Gulf Coast. It was centred about 115 miles (19km) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and heading northwest at 10 mph (17km/h) Monday morning..
Laura was centred about 175 miles (285km) east-southeast of Cayo Largo on Monday morning, and had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100km/h). It was moving west-northwest at 21 mph (33km/h) and was predicted to strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday morning as it followed a path likely to take it to the Louisiana coast by Wednesday night, forecasters said.