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Hurricane watches issued for parts of Texas and Louisiana coast as threat from Laura rises by Andrew Freedman and Jason Samenow August 25,2020   |  Source: The Washington Post

After raking the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba, Tropical Storm Laura entered the Gulf of Mexico late Monday evening where it is poised to strengthen to a hurricane by Tuesday and then pose a serious threat to the coasts of Louisiana and Texas midweek.

Computer models suggest that Laura could tap the exceptionally warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and intensify into a large and dangerous hurricane.

Laura is forecast to make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday as Category 2 or 3 storm with winds to 110 mph in the zone from near Galveston, Tex. to just west of Morgan City, La, where hurricane watches have been posted. Houston is under a tropical storm watch.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting a “life-threatening” rise in water above normally dry land at the coast which could cause 7 to 11 feet of inundation. It issued storm surge watches from just southwest of Houston to coastal Mississippi. In addition, the storm is forecast to unload 4 to 8 inches of rain when it comes ashore and up to a foot in some areas, causing flash flooding.

While producing some areas of heavy rain along the northern Gulf Coast, the prior storm of concern, Marco, fell apart Monday due to wind shear. It was downgraded to a tropical depression late in the evening after

 

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