MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Two tropical systems are taking aim at the northern Gulf Coast. Will these storms impact Alabama? Let’s dive into specifics.
Tropical Storm Marco: Marco strengthened into a category 1 hurricane late Sunday morning, then weakened back into a tropical storm late Sunday night. The storm is located in the northern Gulf of Mexico and is heading towards the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Per the National Hurricane Center, intensity could fluctuate over the next 24 hours before landfall.
A surge of moisture from Marco will bring off-and-on rain to our neck of the woods tomorrow and Tuesday. Some rain could be locally heavy at times.
As for the Alabama Gulf Coast, tropical storm force winds (39+mph) are possible Monday, and thus a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued. Flooding and isolated waterspouts-turned-tornadoes are also a possibility both there and in the Florida Panhandle.
Tropical Storm Laura: Laura is currently located near Cuba and will likely move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Monday night. Laura rapidly strengthened throughout the day Sunday, and on the current forecast track from the National Hurricane Center, Laura could make landfall late Wednesday night as a category 2 hurricane in Louisiana or Texas. Models are continuing to shift around on exactly where Laura will go and how strong Laura will be, so there is the possibility Laura could strengthen beyond a CAT 2 by Wednesday and shift further west.
Laura’s location will influence our weather starting on Wednesday. If Laura makes landfall farther west, it could mean a drier and warmer forecast for the middle of the week. If Laura makes landfall further east, it would mean a rainier solution. It’s still too early to know exactly where and what impacts the storm could bring, but we’ll be able to nail down details as the storm approaches.
Back-to-back landfalling hurricanes in Louisiana could be devastating for that area. There is still time for both storms to shift and/or strengthen, so we’ll keep you updated.
In the meantime, showers remain possible tonight. More scattered showers and storms will arrive tomorrow and Tuesday. Beyond that, we’re watching what Laura does!