The latest on Tropical Storms Laura and Marco

The latest on Tropical Storms Laura and Marco

"There could be some 'unforecastable" interactions between Marco and Laura Tuesday into Wednesday, but the most likely scenario at this time for Acadiana residents to watch for is that if Marco turns more westward and has a landfall farther south than now forecast by the NHC, then Laura could make landfall farther west too. The storm is moving at approximately 20km/h with winds as fast as 100km/h.

With competing scenarios, the hurricane center is forecasting a middle range for Laura of a weak hurricane heading into the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Locally, up to 10 inches of rainfall will be possible in the Yucatan Peninsula, which could result in flash flooding.

What could be a bigger concern is storm surge.

Tropical Storm Laura had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour as of Sunday, moving west at 18 miles per hour.

This year's hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is already smashing records and it could get worse.

Laura began flinging rain across Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Saturday morning and was expected to drench the Dominican Republic, Haiti and parts of Cuba during the day on its westward course.

Tropical Storm Laura is moving over the Dominican Republic right now and is feeling the impacts.

The storms could potentially interact with each other, making it hard to predict the potential impact.

There are tropical storm watches and warnings for parts of Hispaniola, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Then there's Tropical Storm Laura. There's a Tropical Storm Warning for the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, and Granma. Also, one historian noted the storms would strike less than a week before the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Laura could two USA mainland landfalls - the Florida east coast and somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

The shortest time between US landfalls for major storms is 23 hours between September 4 and 5, 1933.

"Hurricane forecasting is a delicate act".

While a few brief gusts are possible up to tropical storm strength, especially for Everglades City and Marco Island, they will be isolated, and not constant.

You've probably heard about it by now...two hurricanes are expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico early next week and could cross paths before making landfall.

The National Hurricane Center said Marco was about 300 miles (480 kilometers) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River and heading north-northwest at 14 miles per hour (22kph), packing winds of 75 miles per hour (120kph). Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) constantly watch the Western Hemisphere for hurricane development.

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