"You need to be prepared to ride out the storms, you and your family, wherever your are, at dark tonight," Edwards said at a news conference after Tropical Storm Marco strengthened into a hurricane and is forecast to hit the Louisiana coast on Monday.
Marco will be followed by Tropical Storm Laura, now over the Dominican Republic and Haiti and heading toward Cuba, and expected strengthen to a hurricane before striking the Gulf Coast on Thursday.
In addition to a storm surge along the coast, the twin storms could dump a devastating amount of rain on parts of Louisiana, said National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott.
"It is possible that some places, especially in the south central portions of the state may see bands that overlap each other from both storms,
"It is possible that there could be some spots within the state that will be measuring rainfall in one to two feet, instead of just in inches."
- Obviously, we have a very unique situation with two storms that are, unfortunately, headed towards Louisiana. We do expect impact here and within 48 hours of one another. You need to be prepared to ride out the storms. You and your family, wherever you are, at dark to tonight, and that is because tropical storm force winds will be the impacting coastal Louisiana before daylight tomorrow.
- Both events could see five to 10 inches with localized amounts of 15, and it is possible that some places, especially in the South Central portions of the state, may see bands that overlap each other from both storms. So therefore, it is possible that there could be some spots within the state that we'll be measuring rainfall in one to two feet instead of in just inches.