Tropical Storm Marco could become a hurricane later today

Tracking the Tropics

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Tropical Storm Marco formed Friday night in the northwestern Caribbean and is now expected to become a hurricane later on Saturday, according to the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The newest tropical storm is about 105 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and was moving north-northwest at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. A north-northwest motion is expected to continue through Sunday morning, with a gradual turn toward the northwest and west-northwest starting on Sunday afternoon, the NHC said.

The center of the storm will move through the Yucatan Channel and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by this evening. Marco will then move across the central Gulf of Mexico on Sunday before approaching the central and northwestern Gulf Coast Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Laura is bringing heavy rain to parts of Puerto Rico. It was about 20 miles southwest of Ponce, Puerto Rico, moving west at 18 mph with wind speeds clocked at 40 mph.

Laura is forecast to move near Puerto Rico this morning, then near or over Hispaniola this afternoon and tonight. Some slow strengthening is expected during the coming days, the NHC said.

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