Tropical Storm Laura, Marco head toward Gulf of Mexico
The forecasts show the two storms hitting the Gulf early next week.
Tropical Storm Laura and Tropical Storm Marco are both expected to travel toward the Gulf of Mexico in the next few days, with both storms likely to impact parts of the U.S. coast by the early half of next week.
Marco and Laura are not expected to become hurricanes at the same time. Marco currently is forecasted to become a hurricane Saturday night until Monday morning. Laura is forecasted to become a hurricane Tuesday and Wednesday.
While it is too early to determine the exact magnitude and location of U.S. mainland impact from Marco and Laura, parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Texas to Mississippi may see impact from two different tropical systems in the upcoming week.
Louisiana and Mississippi have both already declared states of emergency in anticipation of the storms.
The last time there were two tropical cyclones in the Gulf was in 2002, where Tropical Storm Fay was off the Texas coast, and Tropical Depression Edouard was off the Florida west coast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.