Laura forecast to become a Cat 2 storm

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 23, 2020—The National Hurricane Center has increased the forecast strength for Tropical Storm Laura.

Laura is now forecast to be a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds before reaching the gulf coast around mid-week.

Currently, Laura is still making its way through the Caribbean Sea, located over Hispaniola, moving toward Cuba.

Details of the long-range forecast remain uncertain until the storm clears the islands, according to the NHC.

For now, the cone of uncertainty has shifted to the west, nearly out of the National Weather Service in Mobile forecast area.

Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph with little change until the system exits Cuba and moves into the Gulf of Mexico Monday night and Tuesday.

This area can expect to feel gusty winds sometime Tuesday, according to the NHC.

Other local impacts will include locally heavy rain and possibly isolated tornadoes, depending on where Laura makes landfall.

For now, this area has an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms Tuesday and a 60 percent for Wednesday.

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