T.S. Laura strengthens near Cuba; Marco downgraded to tropical storm

ORLANDO, Fla — Latest updates on Tropical Storms Laura and Marco.

11 p.m. update

Tropical Storm Laura is a little stronger Sunday night as Marco gets downgraded back to a tropical storm.

Laura is moving west-northwest at 21 mph with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph.

Marco was downgraded from a hurricane to tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Marco is moving north-northwest at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds at 70 mph.

8 p.m. update

Hurricane Marco is expected to continue its move toward the Louisiana coast on Monday.

Marco is moving north-northwest at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds at 75 mph.

Marco is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain, with some areas of the central U.S. Gulf Coast seeing around 7 inches of rain through Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Laura is located over eastern Cuba and is forecast to follow the southern coast of Cuba through Monday.

Laura is moving west-northwest at 21 mph with maximum sustained winds at 60 mph.

Laura is forecast to be a hurricane near the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday afternoon.

5 p.m. update

Channel 9 meteorologist George Waldenberger said Hurricane Marco has not intensified since it was upgraded to a hurricane Sunday morning.

He said the storm’s track has shifted farther west and may be slower to make land fall. The 5 p.m. track as the storm making land fall on the west Louisiana coast around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Laura’s 5 p.m. track has it shifting farther south in the short term, possibly passing more over water than Cuba, which Waldenberger said could limit its land interaction.

Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates.

3:30 p.m. update

Channel 9 meteorologist George Waldenberger said a tropical storm watch has been issued for Tropical Storm Laura as it approaches Cuba.

2 p.m. update

Hurricane Marco continues moving towards the Louisiana coast and is expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane sometime late Monday.

According to the National Hurricane Center Marco is about 280 miles from the Gulf Coast, moving at 14 mph with sustained winds of 75 mph.

Tropical Storm Laura continues to track west towards Cuba and is expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico early next week.

Laura is about 55 miles east of Cuba moving at 21 mph with sustained winds of 50 mph.

Certified Meteorologist George Waldenberger says as Laura continues to move west, the weather pattern for Central Florida should remain the same with typical afternoon storms.

12:40 p.m. update

Marco has been upgraded to a hurricane, according to a special update from the National Hurricane Center.

Officials said life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Gulf Coast when the storm makes landfall.

As of 12:30 p.m., Marco has maximum winds of 75 mph.

Marco is expected to make landfall on the Louisiana coast as a category 1 hurricane on Monday evening.

11 a.m. update

Tropical Storm Laura is continuing to dump significant amounts of rain in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Channel 9 meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said the storm remains on track to impact Cuba throughout the day Monday before it heads into the Gulf of Mexico.

As of 11 a.m., Laura’s track pushed even more west, now forecast to ride up the west side of Louisiana.

Crimi said Tropical Storm Marco is on the cusp of becoming a hurricane. It is forecast to reach hurricane strength Sunday afternoon or evening. The latest track still has it forecast to make landfall as a hurricane on the central Gulf Coast.

8 a.m. update

Tropical Storm Marco continues to gain strength as it continues to cross into the Gulf of Mexico.

TS Marco is located about 360 miles southeast of the Gulf Coast with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph as it moves west-northwest at 13 mph.

Both TS Laura and Marco continue to track away from Central Florida and into the Gulf.

In its 8 a.m. advisory Sunday , The National Hurricane Center said the center of Laura was located about 40 miles northeast of Port Au Prince, Haiti. The storm is still maintaining maximum sustained winds of 45 mph as it moves west-northwest at 18 mph.

11pm Update

Tropical Storm Laura’s strengthening is being delayed by its interaction with Hispaniola and Cuba, but it could intensify into a hurricane once it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Marco continues to gain strength as it moves towards the gulf coast.

Both TS Laura and Marco continue to track away from Central Florida and into the Gulf.

In its 11 p.m. advisory Saturday, The National Hurricane Center said the center of Laura was located about 25 miles southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The storm is still maintaining maximum sustained winds of 50 mph as it moves west-northwest at 16 mph.

8pm Update

While there have been track adjustments since 5pm, both Tropical Storms Marco and Laura are still forecast to avoid Central Florida.

Be on the lookout for TS Marco to strengthen to hurricane status Saturday evening.

The Florida Keys are under a tropical storm watch as Laura threatens to approach by Monday.

Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama could begin to see impacts from both storms within the next 48 hours.


5pm Update

Tropical Storm Laura is forecast to stay well south of Central Florida as the Florida Keys are placed under a tropical storm watch.

Central Florida can expect gusty winds and a wet forecast by Monday.

The National Hurricane Center announced big changes to Tropical Storm Marco.

Marco has shifted significantly eastward and is now approaching Coastal Louisiana and Mississippi. It is expected to impact the area within two days.

A storm surge watch and hurricane watch are in place for the North Gulf Coast.

2pm Update

Tropical Storm Marco continues to move through the Yucatan Channel and speed remains around 65mph.

The National Hurricane Center expects Marco to become a hurricane sometime Saturday evening.

The one Floridians are paying close attention to is Tropical Storm Laura. Laura still tracks into the Gulf of Mexico early next week as it hits much of the Caribbean this weekend.

If Laura continues to move west, the weather pattern for Central Florida should remain the same with typical afternoon storms.

11am Update

Tropical Storm Laura approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today as the storm makes its way through the Caribbean this weekend.

Tropical Storm Marco has winds up to 65 mph and could become a Hurricane by this evening.

Both storms remain on track for the Gulf of Mexico where they will find warmer waters and possible landfall along the Central Gulf Coast later this week.

8am Update

Tropical Storms Laura and Marco continue to move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

Laura remains the one that Floridians should watch closely. Through the weekend Laura will have favorable wind conditions but should remain a tropical storm as it passes over the Caribbean, limiting any strengthening.

Late Monday, as Laura enters the Gulf, the storm could strengthen as it finds warmer water.


Laura is expected to be well west of Central Florida, but local weather will definitely be influenced by this. Expect some wet and stormy weather Monday and Tuesday.

Channel 9 Eyewitness News continues to track all tropical developments. For the latest click here to watch live, and click here to download the free WFTV weather app to receive instant updates on the systems.

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