Laura expected to rapidly strengthen in central Gulf of Mexico, could strike Gulf Coast as Category 3

WSAV Hurricane Central

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Hurricane Laura could make landfall near the border of Texas and Louisiana as a major hurricane by early Thursday. On the other hand, Marco is now a post-tropical cyclone and the National Hurricane Center will discontinue updates on that storm.

Tuesday morning hurricane hunters found Laura had strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane. As of 2 pm, Laura’s max sustained winds remain at 75 mph. The hurricane is now moving into the south-central Gulf of Mexico at 16 mph to the west-northwest.

Now that Laura is over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the storm will intensify, possibly quickly. It could reach Category 3 strength by Wednesday night prior to making landfall near the Texas/Louisiana border. Maximum sustained winds are expected to be around 115 mph at the core.

Laura’s track has been wiggling to the west compared to the early Tuesday morning update.

Laura will then move up and around an area of high pressure which will block the storm from moving toward the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

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