Tropical Storm Laura: maps and arrival times

US May Get Hit With 2 Tropical Storms at Same Time

Tropical Storm Laura to pass north of Barbados

One storm is now forecast to hit near the Texas-Louisiana border; the other could reach the Florida Panhandle. The government of the Dominican Republic has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for northern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Cabron to the border with Haiti. It had maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h.

Models varied so much late Friday that some saw Laura becoming a major hurricane as it nears the USA, while others had it dissipating. "Weakening is forecast to occur on Monday and Tuesday".

The conditions are expected as another tropical system aims for the Gulf Coast. Exact track forecast remains uncertain with this storm. Maximum sustained winds were still no greater than 35 miles per hour, which was the same as Thursday.

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With competing scenarios, the hurricane center is forecasting a middle range for Laura of a weak hurricane heading into the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Sustained winds were measured at 40 miles per hour, indicating some weakening as it moved over the islands. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Punta Herrero to Cancun, Mexico.

Tropical storms Laura and Marco were both projected to approach the U.S. Gulf Coast at or close to hurricane force. As a result, Hurricane Diane weakened to Category 1 strength. But that scenario grew increasingly unlikely given the current progress of both storms, with Marco likely to make landfall first.

What's most concerning, is the amount of people in the path of the storms.

The horror movie idea was not a fantastical one. It is a complex picture and for a bit of excitement the possibility of the rare Fujiwhara Effect.

US May Get Hit With 2 Tropical Storms at Same Time
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 14 is forecast to be in the Gulf at the same time . "Hurricane forecasting is a delicate act". Laura has maximum sustained winds of around 75 km/h, with its centre located south of the previously estimated position.

Forecasters expect to run out of traditional hurricane names (in which case they will start using the Greek alphabet) and see about twice as much storm activity as a normal year.

The storm's long-term forecast track has it turning into a hurricane approaching Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle early Wednesday morning. That will leave open several weird possibilities, such as the storms drifting around each other at a tropical two-step, pulling closer to each other, even nudging each other, interrupting every other - far less probable - blending.

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. The latest estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration call for almost twice the normal number of named storms in 2020. The smaller tropical cyclone, Tropical Storm Irwin, orbits around the larger tropical cyclone.

Still, local officials say they are monitoring the storms' developments and are ready for whatever combination they present. Seven to 11 of them are expected to become hurricanes and three to six of those to become major hurricanes with winds of at least 178km/h (111mph).

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The path of Marco has changed in the latest forecast. "Think about going from a low definition TV to an HDTV". Interactions with land should keep the storm from strengthening during this time.

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