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The latest forecast cone for Tropical Storm Laura has taken a turn to the west, again raising concerns that the storm could make landfall in Southeast Texas this week.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for Haiti on Sunday night. Laura is expected to strengthen after it moves into the Gulf of Mexico, and could become a hurricane late Tuesday or Tuesday night.
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“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 storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts along portions of the U.S. Gulf Coast by the middle of the week,” the National Hurricane Center reports.
Hurricane Marco could stay offshore along the Gulf Coast rather than making landfall on Monday as previously predicted, forecasters said Sunday evening. “Based on this shift in track, tropical storm conditions are expected farther west along the Louisiana coast, and a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from Morgan City to Cameron, Louisiana.”