Tropical Storm Marco closes in on Louisiana coast, risky storm surge expected

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Tropical Storm Laura, meanwhile, is forecast to move along Cuba's southern coast during the day before entering the Gulf of Mexico and heading toward the same stretch of US coast later in the week.

Another storm, Tropical Depression 14, could also become a hurricane and impact the northwestern Gulf of Mexico next Tuesday and impact Louisiana and southeastern Texas. There have never been two hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico at the same time, according to the National Hurricane Center.

On Saturday evening, Laura was about 25 miles southeast of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the hurricane center.

Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez also issued a state of emergency and warned residents to remain indoors as Laura was lashing the island with rain and high winds on Saturday. "Since you simply don't know, you really need to make precautions".

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Marco on Saturday was about 110 miles northwest of the western tip of Cuba, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday night.

Noble Corp.is already moving two offshore rigs out of the storms' path. BP Plc has begun evacuating employees from its four operated platforms in the Gulf and is beginning to shut in production.

The storm is forecast to gain power over the next couple of days.Laura and Marco are this year's 12th and 13th systems, respectively. Laura formed Friday in the eastern Caribbean and forecasters said it poses a potential hurricane threat to Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast.

It seems fitting for 2020 to have this type of twin threats, said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy.

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"Of course, we have to have two simultaneously land-falling hurricanes", McNoldy said.

When Laura reaches the Gulf of Mexico, it may strengthen, Cline said. If current forecasts hold up, damage from the pair might be limited to about $1 billion, but if Laura shifts west, closer to Houston, that price-tag could rise to $5 billion. Laura is forecast to be near or over Puerto Rico on Saturday morning.

Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana on Saturday requested a federal emergency declaration from the White House, as he warned that Marco and Laura were forecast to affect the state in quick sequence. Officials in the Florida Keys issued a local state of emergency on Friday and mandatory evacuation orders for anyone living in campers or boats.

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President Donald Trump has ordered him to make the Strategic Petroleum Reserve available for such situations, he said. There is a possibility Laura will re-intensify once it makes it to Maryland, New Jersey and possibly NY , he said.


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