Forecast: Stormy Saturday, eyes on Tropical Storm Laura
Aug 23 2020
The last time tropical storms have been at the Gulf collectively was 1959, " he explained. Both of these storms are expected to move through the Gulf of Mexico beginning Monday. If it stays just north of those islands in the warm water, it could be a slightly stronger storm, and be a little closer to Florida.
At 8:00 P.M. Friday, the center of Tropical Storm Laura was about 250 miles east-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is moving toward the west at near 17 mph.
The hurricane center on Friday issued tropical storm warnings for the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico.
"The system is expected to move into the south-central Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm on Sunday", the NHC said.
Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez declared a state of emergency and warned that flooding could be worse than what tropical storm Isaias unleashed three weeks ago because the ground is now saturated.
The Weather Network meteorologist Erin Wenckstern said both Tropical Storm Laura and Tropical Storm Marco are forecast to intensify and track towards the Gulf of Mexico, potentially making landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast around the same time next week, which is "highly unusual".
Miami to the Florida Keys to New Orleans needs to be on guard. Officials said it could hit the region with storm surge, rain and wind.
The 10 AM forecast advisory is out for Tropical Storm Marco.
It had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and was moving toward the northwest, forecasters said.
A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for Punta Herrero to Dzilam Mexico.
It is forecast to also strengthen into a category one hurricane by Monday, hitting the west and southwest coast of Florida as the storm shifts northbound.
Crews from the New Orleans Department of Public Works are working over the weekend to remove leaves and debris from some of the city's leafiest streets that are known to have regularly clogged catch basins, such as Esplanade, St. Charles and Napoleon avenues, CAO of Infrastructure Ramsey Green said at a press conference Friday afternoon.
This year also saw the earliest C, E, F, G, H, I, J and K storms, as Houston-based meteorologist Matt Lanza noted on Twitter.
This is on the heels of eight other storms that set the same record this season already: Cristobal, Edouard, Fay, Hanna, Gonzalo, Isaias, Josephine and Kyle.
"Marco is embedded within an environment that could support a fast rate of strengthening", forecasters said. But that scenario grew increasingly unlikely given the current progress of both storms, with Marco likely to make landfall first.
So, could these systems merge? So, if there were two hurricanes nearby (less than 870miles) they will influence each other.
The answer is no. They gave it a 20% chance of organizing into a tropical cyclone in the next five days. Weather scientists described it as the Fujiwhara Effect, named for Sakuhei Fujiwhara, the director of a weather observatory in Japan who researched it.
Torrential downpours are expected over the next 24 to 48 hours.