WTI edges higher toward $43 as storm Laura turns into a hurricane

Tropical Storm Marco arrives at the coast of Louisiana as Tropical Storm Laura follows bottom right in an image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES-East satellite

Hurricane Laura Forms; Forecast To Hit Gulf Coast As A Major Hurricane

Laura, a Category 1 hurricane, is forecast to be a Category 3 hurricane when it makes landfall between Texas and Louisiana late Wednesday or early Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center is now predicting Laura will "be a major hurricane at landfall". It is expected to reach the Northwestern Gulf Coast by late Wednesday or early Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Depending on how Laura interacts with a non-tropical system in the Eastern states, there may be more general coverage of heavy, gusty thunderstorms with isolated severe weather. Reports from NOAA and Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour (120 km/h) with higher gusts. The city of Galveston, Texas has already announced a mandatory evacuation and has ordered anyone within the city to leave and move inland by noon on Tuesday.

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Davis said the storm is expected to merge with a frontal boundary, leading to strong thunderstorms and the threat of high winds and rain all along the Interstate 95 corridor. 145 miles northwest of Cuba, and its storm-force winds extended out 175 miles from the center. It's far from impossible - the elements are there to support the potential for explosive strengthening: warm Gulf of Mexico water in the mid- to upper 80s, low wind shear and plenty of moisture.

Please do not get complacent with this storm even a storm that trends west in terms of landfall will still produce significant, life threatening impacts across south Louisiana they are not confined to the forecast cone. "This is the type of setup that can produce several inches of rain".

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The one-two punch from Marco and Laura could bring extremely high rainfall totals and flooding to parts of the Gulf Coast, especially in any areas hit by both storms.

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