During the course of development for Hurricanes Laura and Marco, and through the storms' landfall, the StormGeo TropicsWatch team closely monitored the storms — developing updates with forecasts and expected impacts. Hurricanes Laura and Marco were a unique set of systems occupying the Gulf of Mexico at the same time, and interacting with each other in interesting ways, leading to changing forecast tracks and conditions. Ultimately Hurricane Marco turned and dissipated near the Louisiana Coast without making landfall. Although it did bring some thunderstorms to the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
On the other hand, Hurricane Laura was a record breaker. With wind speeds of 150 mph at landfall, it is tied as the strongest storm to make landfall in Louisiana (tied with the 'Last Island' hurricane of 1856). It is also tied as the 5th strongest storm to make landfall in the continental United States. Laura also shares the distinction with 2010's Hurricane Karl for having the fastest intensification rate in the Gulf of Mexico, as Laura rapidly intensified by 65 mph over a 24 hour period on August 26, prior to making landfall.
The impacts for Laura are still being evaluated, but the high wind speeds and up to 11' of storm surge brought devestation to parts of southwest Louisiana. Learn more about TropicsWatch.