Tropical Storm Laura churns towards Florida, and is expected to become a hurricane in the next few days

As of now, the Tampa Bay region is still in the cone of uncertainty, and is expected to be impacted by Laura on Tuesday, says models from the NHC.

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click to enlarge Tropical Storm Laura churns towards Florida, and is expected to become a hurricane in the next few days
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Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say Tropical Storm Laura formed Friday morning, and is projected to impact Florida early next week as a major hurricane.

According to the 9 a.m. advisory, Laura is quickly making its way west near the Caribbean at about 21 mph. The storm is about 230 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands and currently has sustained winds of 45 mph.

It’s still too early to determine its exact path and strength over the next few days, but Laura is projected to hit the Florida Keys on Monday, and move over a portion of the Gulf of Mexico where it should be generally favorable for development, says the NHC. 

“The upper-level winds over the Gulf of Mexico should be generally favorable for development if the cyclone doesn't get too close to Tropical Depression Fourteen,” says the advisory. “The possibilities range from the system degenerating to an open wave as seen in the GFS and ECMWF to a major hurricane as seen in the HWRF.” 

As of now, the Tampa Bay region is still in the cone of uncertainty, and is expected to be impacted by Laura on Tuesday, says models from the NHC. 


There is currently a tropical storm watch for the southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands, as well as for the Turks and Caicos Islands, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. Also, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are under a tropical storm watch.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 14 is still looming 160 miles east of Isla Roatan Honduras, moving at about 12 mph towards theHonduras coastline. This storm has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

TD 14 is expected to develop into a tropical storm by Friday evening, and at the point it will become Tropical Storm Marco. 

The storm is expected to move over the Yucatan Peninsula late Saturday, and then into the warm waters of the Gulf, where forecasters say it is likely to strengthen into a hurricane by early Monday morning as it approaches the Texas coast line.

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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