LOUISIANA (NewsNation) — As of Monday afternoon, tropical storm Laura is about 175 miles east of the western tip of Cuba and is moving northwest towards the southern Gulf of Mexico at 20 mph.
Ahead of tropical storm Laura, the National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch from Port Bolivar, Texas, to west of Morgan City, Louisiana. A tropical storm watch has been posted from south of Port Bolivar to San Luis Pass, Texas and from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.
Laura is expected to become a category one hurricane by late Wednesday, then a category 2 hurricane with 105 mile per hour winds by Wednesday night. Laura is predicted to make landfall either on the upper Texas Coast or southwestern Louisiana. The storm is continuing to pick up speed because of the warm sea water temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.
Impacts for the upper Texas Coast and southwestern Louisiana by mid-week are expected to be the very heavy rainfall, as much as eight inches of rain, hurricane force winds and storm surge.
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