Storm Marco closes in on Louisiana as Laura buffets Cuba

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI —
After a day as a hurricane, Tropical Storm Marco introduced a surge of excessive water to the Louisiana coast on Monday, setting the stage for Tropical Storm Laura to enter the Gulf of Mexico and transfer towards the identical stretch of U.S. coast later within the week, almost definitely as a hurricane.

Individuals alongside the Gulf Coast braced for a history-making onslaught from the dual storms, with many evacuees recalling the injury brought on by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when catastrophic flooding breached the levees in New Orleans and as many as 1,800 folks died.

“What we all know is there’s going to be storm surge from Marco, we all know that that water shouldn’t be going to recede hardly in any respect earlier than Laura hits, and so we have not seen this earlier than and that is why folks must be paying specific consideration,” Gov. John Bel Edwards warned at a Sunday briefing.

Marco had grown right into a hurricane early Sunday, and whereas its high winds dropped to 50 mph on Monday morning, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart cautioned that Marco might nonetheless trigger life-threatening storm surges and harmful winds alongside the Gulf Coast. Marco was centred about 85 miles (135 kilometres) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River Monday morning, shifting northwest at 10 mph (17 kph). Forecasters mentioned it might doubtless stay simply off the Louisiana coast by Tuesday.

Laura’s centre was skirting Cuba’s southern coast on Monday after inflicting the deaths of at the very least 11 folks within the Dominican Republic and Haiti, whereas knocking out energy and inflicting flooding within the two nations that share the island of Hispaniola.

It had high sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kmh) and its eye was forecast to stay over water, bringing tropical storm situations to a lot of Cuba earlier than shifting into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, the place it was anticipated to strengthen right into a hurricane earlier than approaching the Louisiana coast on Wednesday.

Haitian civil safety officers mentioned they’d obtained reviews a 10-year-old lady was killed when a tree fell on a house within the southern coastal city of Anse-a-Pitres, on the border with the Dominican Republic. Haiti’s prime minister mentioned at the very least eight different folks died and two had been lacking. Within the Dominican Republic, family members instructed reporters a collapsed wall killed a mom and her younger son.

A whole bunch of hundreds had been with out energy within the Dominican Republic amid heavy flooding in each international locations.

Regardless of Marco’s weakening, a storm surge warning remained in place from Morgan Metropolis, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. A tropical storm warning included Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, and metropolitan New Orleans.

A storm surge of as much as four ft (1.2 metres) was forecast for elements of coastal Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Related Press writers Freida Frisaro in Miami and Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans contributed to this report

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