SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — There are two systems we are watching that may impact the Gulf Coast of the United States. Tropical storm Laura which is in the Atlantic now and Tropical Storm Marco that is in the Caribbean Sea.
Tropical Depression Thirteen was upgraded to a tropical storm Friday morning, receiving the name Laura. As of 11 PM, Laura’s winds are 45 mph with wind gusts as high as 60 mph. It is located 195 miles east/southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was moving west/northwest at 18 mph.
The center of Laura looks to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands tonight, near or over Puerto Rico Saturday morning, and near the northern coast of Hispaniola Saturday night and early Sunday.
Laura looks disorganized tonight, but some slow strengthening is forecast during the next few days.
Tracking T.S. Marco
Tropical Storm Marco formed late Friday night over the northwestern Caribbean. It’s’ forecast to move near the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday.
Marco has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph wind as of the 11PM advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Movement is to the north/northwest at 13 mph. It is located 180 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.
On the forecast track, Marco will approach the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico on Saturday. The storm will then cross the northeastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Saturday night and move over the central Gulf of Mexico toward the northwestern Gulf on Sunday and Monday.
Once it is back over water, it will gradually get a little stronger. It is possible that this system will also become a hurricane before making landfall along the Texas or Louisiana coasts. Right now, conditions are not looking favorable for this system to maintain hurricane strength as it gets closer to landfall.
It is possible that both Laura and Marco could wind up in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time later this weekend/early next week. This is very rare.
Atlantic Tropical Wave
In the extreme eastern Atlantic Ocean, a tropical wave has moved off the coast of Africa. Over the past couple of days, conditions were looking very favorable for further development. Now conditions are looking a little less favorable. Chances for development over the next five days is 40%. However, this will be something for us to continue to keep an eye on as it continues to move west.