Two tropical storms are currently swirling in the Atlantic, with the Bermuda Weather Service declaring Tropical Storm Laura “not a threat to Bermuda at this time”, while Tropical Storm Marco is “not a threat to Bermuda at this time”. Bermuda “.
Of Tropical Storm Laura, the US National Hurricane Center said, “At 500 PM AST [2100 UTC], the center of tropical storm Laura was located near latitude 18.0 north and longitude 68.1 west.
“Laura is moving west at almost 18 mph [30 km/h], and a generally west-northwest movement is expected over the next few days. On track, Laura’s center will pull away from Puerto Rico this evening, near or over Hispaniola this evening, near or over Cuba on Sunday and Monday, and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Monday evening and Tuesday.
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“Maximum sustained winds are close to 50 mph [85 km/h] with higher gusts. No significant change in force is expected over the next 48 hours as Laura moves near or over Hispaniola and Cuba. Some strengthening is expected once Laura moves to the Gulf of Mexico on Monday evening and Tuesday.
“Tropical storm force winds extend up to 205 miles [335 km] of the Center. A Weatherflow station in Las Mareas in Puerto Rico recently reported sustained winds of 34 mph [55 km/h] and a gust of wind at 40 mph [64 km/h]. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb [29.65 inches].
Of Tropical Storm Marco, NHC said: “At 400:00 CDT [2100 UTC], the center of Tropical Storm Marco was located near latitude 21.9 north and longitude 85.7 west. Marco is heading north-northwest at nearly 13 mph [20 km/h]. Marco is expected to continue moving north-northwest through the central Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and is expected to reach the northern Gulf coast on Monday. After moving inland, Marco is expected to slow down and turn northwest and west-northwest Monday night and Tuesday, crossing southern Louisiana to eastern Texas .
“Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph [100 km/h] with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected over the next two days, and Marco is expected to become a hurricane this evening or Sunday. Marco will likely still be at or near hurricane force when he reaches the northern Gulf Coast on Monday. Weakening is expected to occur as the center moves further inland on Monday evening and Tuesday.
“Tropical storm force winds extend up to 90 miles [150 km] of the Center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 992 mb [29.30 inches]. “
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