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Posted on: August 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] WEATHER UPDATE: Marco is back down to a Tropical Storm but Laura is strengthening in the Gulf

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Here are the latest (10AM CDT) updates on both Tropical Storms Marco and Laura. While Marco is the immediate threat to SE TX, Laura remains one to watch for in the coming days. Stay tuned!

11:00 a.m.  Monday, August 24, 2020 

Tropical Storm Laura continues to make its way across Cuba and will enter the Gulf of Mexico later today or early tomorrow morning. The US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas expects this storm to strengthen into a hurricane over the next 48 hours.

There is still uncertainty in what track this storm will take as it moves towards the Gulf Coast. The La Marque Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor Tropical Storm Laura and is in constant coordination with local, state, and regional partners.

We encourage all residents to be making preparations for potential impacts from this storm. These preparations should include reviewing hurricane plans, stocking your disaster kit, and staying informed to the latest weather updates.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit

9:00 PM Sunday, August 23, 2020 
Hurricane Marco is tracking toward Southeast Louisana and will likely weaken as it approaches the coast, but tropical storm force winds are possible in our area, along with rain on Tuesday. 

Laura is expected to be more of a threat. Laura is forecast to become a Category 2 hurricane and make landfall somewhere between the Upper Texas coast and Southwest Louisana. Landfall in our area is possible, which would bring significant wind, storm surge and 5 to 10 inches of rain.

Please monitor the weather, especially over the next 72 hours—Laura’s landfall is likely Wednesday afternoon or evening. Make sure you and your family are prepared.

La Marque Emergency Management is monitoring the storm, along with storm surge and rainfall projections. Register for weather alerts and community newsflash e-notifications at 

Here’s the forecast for Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura from National Weather Service Houston/Galveston:

TS laura national weather service map showing wind

TS laura national weather service map showing rainfall


There are two tropical cyclones brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Depression 14 poses the most threat to the Texas Gulf Coast. TD14 is expected to intensify into a hurricane as it passes over the warm Gulf waters, but could reduce back down to a Tropical Storm as it approaches the coast. There is still uncertainty in the models as far as landfall, but we expect rain and wind early next week. Please review your hurricane plan and make sure you have a plan for your family and your pets. 

Check out the latest forecast from the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston:

TS 14 forecast_timeTS 14 forecast_rain

TS 14 forecast_wind

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