Laura 5-Day Cone | August 25, 2020, 8am ET

Marco fizzles out, while Laura just gets started | CAT365

August 25, 2020 | Chad Trosper, BPMP

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Marco has fizzled out and is expected to drift along the Louisiana coastline as rain. As for Laura, we could see a major hurricane develop pre-landfall.

Currently, Laura is a tropical storm with winds at 70 mph (74 mph is hurricane), headed WNW at 17 mph.

NHC track has it headed for the Texas/Louisiana border and making landfall early Thursday morning as a CAT 3 (115 mph) hurricane.

Laura 5-Day Cone | August 25, 2020, 8am ET
5-Day Tropical-Storm-Force Wind Speed Probabilities | August 25, 2020, 2am ET

We still could see changes in both strength and track over the next 48 hours as it travels over the open Gulf.

Conditions are currently optimal for development and look to remain this way for the most part through Thursday, so we could easily see a major hurricane even earlier.

We could also see a drift westward in track since modeling has been trending some on a west shift closer to Texas.

Laura ECMWF Ensemble | August 25, 2020, 5am ET

Lots to watch over the next 48 hours.