Breaking: Tropical Storm Laura Has Formed!
**Breaking News: Tropical Depression Thirteen has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Laura with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Center is 80 miles farther south! This will change the new forecast cone at 11 AM.**
- See previous post for more information and the forecast for Long Island.
- This is just in from the NHC: "Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Tropical Depression Thirteen has strengthened and is now Tropical Storm Laura with maximum sustained winds of around 45 mph (75 km/h). The aircraft also found that the center of Laura is located south of the previously estimated position. These changes will be reflected in the track and intensity forecasts with the upcoming advisory that will be issued at 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC)."
- Both are still predicted to be hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time, which is something that hasn't happened before. A small section of Louisiana is actually in the cone of uncertainty for both storms.
- Keep in mind that there is a higher degree of uncertainty than usual for both storms in both track and intensity due to potential land interaction for each and also the possible interaction of the two storms with each when they are in the Gulf of Mexico.
- The 2nd and 3rd images are the brand-new early 12Z track guidance for each from various models.
- The 4th and 5th images are the current IR satellite image for each.
- The 6th and 7th images show the latest recon data for each.