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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – We continue to keep a close eye on Tropical Storm Laura and now Tropical Storm Marco as they near the Gulf Coast. We will feel some effects from Marco today. Make sure you have a way to stay up to date with the weather.
UPDATE: Tropical Storm Marco has now made landfall around 6 pm CT near the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The Tropical Storm Watch for Mobile & Baldwin Counties has been canceled. Jackson County is under a tropical storm warning. Our coastal communities including Mobile and Baldwin counties and Northwest Florida counties are under a coastal flood advisory through Wednesday at 7 pm. We are expecting a water rise around 1-3 feet around the time of high tide today. There is a flash flood watch in effect for George County (MS), southern Mobile, Baldwin, and Escambia (FL) counties through Tuesday at 7 pm. There is a wind advisory for coastal Mobile & Baldwin Counties as gusts may reach 35 mph. Today there’s a slight risk for severe weather at the coast as isolated tornadoes can’t be ruled out in some of Marco’s rain bands. At the beach, there is a high surf advisory with waves that could reach 5-7 feet, and the high risk for rip currents continues through this week.
TROPICAL STORM MARCO
Marco is dealing with a lot of wind shear and the intensity has decreased during the overnight. The most recent track shows little to no change with landfall forecast to be southeast Louisiana sometime this evening. The storm is moving into the northern Gulf of Mexico moving north-northwest.
TROPICAL STORM LAURA
The tropical storm is moving over the warm water of the Caribbean Sea continuing to drop heavy rain over Cuba.
The system is expected to emerge into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Monday evening and most likely rapidly strengthen over the warm Gulf waters. The intensity forecast increased Laura to a category 2 at landfall. It should be known that there is LOW confidence with Laura’s intensity forecast and the exact area of landfall Wednesday afternoon. A northwestern movement is likely through Wednesday. Laura is expected to approach the west-central Gulf Coast by Wednesday. The latest track continues to focus on Louisiana, but coastal Alabama and Mississippi should remain alert.