Now is the time to focus on the Gulf of Mexico. While the officials at the National Hurricane Center are doing their best, both Marco and Laura continue to forge their own path. While initial forecast maps had Marco virtually traveling up the Trinity River, changes quickly had him coming in south of Houston. Then in a matter of hours the forecast cone changed again, this time to New Orleans Louisiana. Another shift late Saturday moved that track a bit west back toward Texas but still well into Louisiana. As of late Sunday, that forecast track has changed again, and Tropical Storm Marco is now projected to brush along the coast of Louisiana before finally meandering on shore just east of the Texas Louisiana line. From there, as a depression, Marco is projected to travel over our area on his way to points west. The projections made on Sunday have him over Houston in the early hours of Wednesday. Of course, tropical storms change, and these two seem to change more than most.
Now let’s move onto Laura. As of Sunday, There had been a recent uptick in convection near the center of Tropical Storm Laura and the radar imagery has shown an increase in banding. Laura continues to move briskly west-northwest. Laura should continue moving west-northwestward over the southeastern Gulf on Tuesday, but a turn toward the northwest is expected Tuesday night. Officials with the national hurricane center say Although not explicitly shown, Laura could threaten the northwestern Gulf coast near major hurricane strength. While the details of the long-range track and intensity forecasts remain uncertain, Laura is forecast to strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico and there is an increasing risk of dangerous storm surge, wind, and rainfall impacts along portions of the U.S. Gulf Coast by
the middle of the week. Late Sunday forecast maps show Laura just offshore of Louisiana Wednesday afternoon as Marco crosses into Louisiana roughly 24 hours prior. Keep an eye on the gulf and make sure your preparations are complete. And as we have for 40 plus years, KSHN will be here with you during the storm with the most local and up to date information.