Fujiwhara effect: can 2 hurricanes merge into one mega storm?
Tropical Depression Fourteen officially strengthened in Tropical Storm Marco just before 11 p.m. Friday and is gaining strength. The system formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Marco has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and is moving north-northwest across the Gulf of Mexico at 13 miles per hour .
Marco is expected to make landfall on the Louisiana coast as a Category 1 hurricane from late Monday to early Tuesday.
Tropical Depression Thirteen officially strengthened to Tropical Storm Laura around 9 a.m. Friday.
Tropical Storm Laura is currently further east and over Hispaniola. Some ground interaction could weaken her, but Laura is now expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane near the same area previously touched by Marco.
Laura now has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour with gusts of up to 60 mph and is moving west-northwest at 18 mph.
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- Marco will arrive ashore on Tuesday and Laura ashore on Wednesday.
- This could be the first time we have had two hurricanes in the Gulf.
- There will be no direct impact on North Carolina.
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