NWS: Tropical Storm Laura poses stronger threat to Texas than Marco

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Tropical Storm Marco is forecasted to strengthen to a hurricane as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico tonight but is expected to weaken as it moves over Texas in the next coming days, according to a morning update from the National Weather Service.

NWS forecasters said Marco will approach the Gulf Coast on Monday, bringing an increased risk of storm surge, winds and heavy rainfall from the upper Texas coast to Louisiana early next week. Tropical storm or hurricane watches could be issued later today.

Tropical Storm Laura is expected to pose a stronger threat to Texas but the intensity of that possible storm is dependent on its track, per the NWS. Laura could become a hurricane in three to four days and bring storm surge, rainfall and wind impacts to the northern U.S. Gulf Coast by the middle of next week.

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