ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Two major storms are on track to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast this week, potentially causing flooding in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has downgraded Tropical Storm Marco from hurricane status. It is being followed by Tropical Storm Laura, which hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, left more than 35,000 people without utilities and caused heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Previous forecasts indicated that both storms might strengthen into hurricanes while simultaneously in the Gulf of Mexico, which would be the first time in history that has occurred. However, Joel Cline, tropical program coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Service, said it now seems unlikely that Marco and Laura will be in the Gulf at the same time or influence each other.
Residents from south of Houston all along the Gulf Coast to New Orleans have been advised to prepare for a hurricane. So far this year, there have been 13 named storms, a record, according to Philip Klotzbach, research scientist at Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science.
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