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TS Marco in Gulf aiming at Louisiana, TS Laura also on way

TS Marco in Gulf aiming at Louisiana, TS Laura also on way
Posted at 8:35 AM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 11:35:19-04

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Tropical Storm Marco is swirling over the Gulf of Mexico heading for a possible hit on the Louisiana coast as a hurricane Monday.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Laura has knocked utilities out as it batters Hispaniola, following a track forecast to take it to the same part of the U.S. coast later in the week, also as a hurricane.

It would be the first time two hurricanes appear in the Gulf of Mexico simultaneously, according to records dating to at least 1900.

On Saturday, the storms dumped rain on Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, while the other swept into the gulf through the gap between Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the New Orleans metro area, which Hurricane Katrina pummeled in August 2005.