FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 21, 2020 – 10PM
Tropical Storm Laura and Tropical Storm Marco Update
Status Update from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Tropical Depression 14 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Marco with maximum wind speeds of 40mph. Marco is forecast to move into the warm Gulf waters on Sunday. This storm is expected to make landfall, most likely as a tropical storm, along the Texas or Louisiana coast around Tuesday. Impacts will depend on track and intensity which remain uncertain. However, damaging winds and flooding from heavy rains are possible especially if Marco makes a center or left side of the cone track. Track uncertainty has increased today as models struggle with the relatively weak system and complicated steering currents; along with a possible interaction with Tropical Storm Laura next week.
Tropical Storm Laura’s track has shifted farther South and West and is expected to become a category one hurricane before landfall. Tropical Storm Laura is forecast to cross the Caribbean Islands then turn Northwest into the Northeast Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane. Some of the tracking models are now tracking Laura to go farther west toward the Upper Texas Coast, so we will need to monitor Tropical Storm Laura for possible impacts late next week. Montgomery County agencies and resources are on alert and ready to activate as needed next week for our area. Our next update will be tomorrow.