Tropical Storm Laura & possible impacts on the Mid-South

Tropical Storm Laura & possible impacts on the Mid-South
Satellite showing Marco & Laura (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) -

NHC track of both storm paths
NHC track of both storm paths (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

We all know by now that there are two systems in the Gulf of Mexico that will make similar landfalls within days of one another.

Satellite showing Marco & Laura
Satellite showing Marco & Laura (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

Tropical Storm Marco will make landfall tonight along the Louisiana coast and will have little if any impacts on our weather in the Mid-South. We could see some additional clouds and possibly a stray shower at best from Marco.

The more concerning storm for the Mid-South is Laura.

Laura's position
Laura's position (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

Laura hasn’t really changed much in intensity since yesterday and that is expected. The storm will move over portions of Cuba which may keep it from intensifying in the short term. However, once Laura moves into the open warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this could allow for rapid intensification.

NHC Laura's track
NHC Laura's track (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

Laura could become a category two storm before landfall along the western Louisiana coast to eastern Texas coast on Wednesday evening.

Saffir Simpson Hurricane scale
Saffir Simpson Hurricane scale (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

Category 2 is defined as winds of 96 mph to 110 mph.

Futurecast showing Laura making landfall
Futurecast showing Laura making landfall (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

In addition to the wind, it will mean more rain for coastal Louisiana and Texas.

Timeline & impacts for the Mid-South

Wednesday- there could be a few showers for some but not for all as Laura will be tracking along the coast.

Futurecast on Thursday showing rain from Laura
Futurecast on Thursday showing rain from Laura (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

By Thursday afternoon the bulk of the rain will still be to our south & west but there could be some on and off showers and storms from the outer rain bands of Laura.

Futurecast Thursday night rain from Laura moving into the Mid-South
Futurecast Thursday night rain from Laura moving into the Mid-South (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

Rain chances could be the greatest on Thursday night as Laura’s center moves west and north of the Mid-South. It could be breezy at times and we are watching the threat for tornadoes too. Right now so much will depend on the exact path that Laura takes. If it moves farther west and north it mean less impacts for us but stay tuned.

EURO model rainfall totals from Laura
EURO model rainfall totals from Laura (Source: WMC First Alert Weather)

Right now rain totals are not overly impressive for us as models continue to keep the heaviest rain to the west but we will continue to monitor and bring you updates on any changes.

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