SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) -
As of the 11 P.M. advisory Tropical Storm Laura has strengthened a little with maximum sustained winds up to 65 mph with higher wind gusts. Laura is moving quickly west northwest at 21 mph over the mountainous terrain of Cuba and will continue moving across Cuba overnight and through Monday. Convection is quite deep on the south side of the circulation, and rainfall is likely very heavy over portions of eastern Cuba and Jamaica. It is been able to maintain it’s intensity even through it continues to interact with the Caribbean islands.
Laura is still forecast to become a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph before making landfall along the northern Gulf coast late Wednesday evening. Laura should continue to move west northwestward to the south of a deep-layer ridge that is forecast to build westward across Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the next day or two.
Potential impacts from Laura on Monday and early Tuesday across the Suncoast include:
- Rain squalls will add to saturated soils that could cause localized flooding for low lying areas and areas with poor
- Increased surf and dangerous rip currents for coastal locations
- Gusty winds along southern coastal communities with wind gusts as high as 30 mph
- An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out in Laura’s squalls
Marco has weakened back into a Tropical Storm as it continues to move in the central Gulf of Mexico. It will continue to move over a hostile environment with high vertical wind shear. This will prohibit this storm from strengthening and should keep it a Tropical Storm as it nears the Louisiana Gulf coast. The latest advisory has maximum sustained winds up to 70 mph, with wind gusts as high as 85 mph. The storms track has recently shifted since this morning and shows the storm meandering along the northern Gulf coast on Tuesday. Marco is moving north northwest at 12 mph. Marco could potentially make landfall late tomorrow evening and into early Tuesday morning in southern Louisiana.