Tropical Storms Laura and Marco continue their march toward the Gulf of Mexico Saturday according to the 2 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, setting up a potentially historic event if both develop into hurricanes simultaneously.
A Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigated Tropical Storm Laura and found it had become ragged and disorganized. In the latest update, forecasters shifted the storm’s track further away from Florida’s mainland but Key West remained in the cone.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Marco was off the western tip of Cuba on Saturday afternoon and is forecast to develop into a hurricane in the next 12 hours as it moves north through the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane center said.
Both storm tracks are unusually close to each other and both are forecast to make landfall anywhere along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana at nearly the same time. If and how the two storms will interact with each other are highly uncertain, forecasters said.