NOAA: Laura becomes CAT 1 hurricane with 75 mph maximum winds

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Marco has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression and will dissipate Tuesday, but Laura could approach the Texas-Louisiana border as a major hurricane.

The NOAA Hurricane Hunter is reporting Laura has become a hurricane after 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Laura has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as of 8:15 a.m. and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

The National Hurricane Center has increased the anticipated intensity of Laura, possibly having it hit as a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds after moving over warm water in the Gulf of Mexico. Recent forecasts show Laura making landfall somewhere between central Louisiana and Houston Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Laura is just west of Cuba Tuesday after hovering over Cuba on Monday. Laura has prompted a Hurricane Watch from Port Bolivar, Texas, to west of Morgan City, Louisiana.

The storm has killed 11 people in the Caribbean, where it triggered power outages and flooding across the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Laura would transition to a post-tropical depression and work its way through the Ohio River Valley and could race east to bring North Carolina some rain Friday night into Saturday.

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Marco brought heavy rain, gusty winds and significant storm surge to parts of the gulf coast Monday night into Tuesday morning. Marco made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River, close to New Orleans around 6 p.m. Monday night but the ragged storm continued to weaken.
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  • Marco made landfall Monday evening and Laura will make landfall Wednesday.
  • For North Carolina, Laura brings the possibility of rain Friday and Saturday.

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