TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor Tropical Storm Laura as it heads toward the north-central Gulf while Tropical Depression Marco continues to weaken along the coast.
Tropical Depression Marco
Marco was downgraded to a tropical depression Monday night after making landfall along the Lousiana coast late Monday afternoon.
The storm made landfall around 6:00pm Central Time as a weak tropical storm with winds of 40 miles per hour near the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Marco is forecast to dissipate by early Wednesday, if not sooner, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Laura
Tropical Storm Laura is growing stronger as it moves toward the US Gulf Coast and is forecast to become a hurricane by Tuesday.
Still a tropical storm for now, Laura churned just south of Cuba after killing at least 11 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where it knocked out power and caused flooding in the two nations that share the island of Hispaniola. The deaths reportedly included a 10-year-old girl whose home was hit by a tree and a mother and young son who were crushed by a collapsing wall.
Laura was not expected to weaken over land before moving into warm, deep Gulf waters that forecasters said could bring rapid intensification.
At about 11:00 p.m. Monday, Laura was about 80 miles northeast of the western tip of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. It was moving west-northwest at 20 miles per hour.
State emergencies were declared in Louisiana and Mississippi, and shelters were being opened with cots set farther apart, among other measures designed to curb coronavirus infections.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
- Little Cayman and Cayman Brac
- Cuban provinces of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Mayabeque, La Habana, Artemisa, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth
- Florida Keys from the Seven Mile Bridge to Key West
- Dry Tortugas
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
- Port Bolivar Texas to west of Morgan City Louisiana
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
- South of Port Bolivar to San Luis Pass Texas
- Morgan City Louisiana to the Mouth of the Mississippi River
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
- San Luis Pass Texas to Ocean Springs Mississippi
- Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne