Tropical Storm Laura 8 PM Update, Watches and Warnings

August 22, 2020

By: Staff Report

PASCO COUNTY, Fla – CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE. Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue across portions of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through this evening. Tropical storm conditions are also expected across portions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, the southeastern Bahamas, and central and eastern Cuba through Sunday. Heavy rainfall is likely across these areas and could cause mudslides and flash and urban flooding through Sunday, with widespread river flooding possible in Puerto Rico.

The storm is foretasted on a more westerly track, and looks to miss the Gulf Coast of Florida, with it’s eye on part of the panhandle to Texas. But these things can change.

Tropical storm conditions are possible over portions of the central Bahamas and Andros Island Sunday night and Monday, and in the Florida Keys on Monday.

The details of the long-range track and intensity forecasts remain uncertain since Laura is forecast to move near or over portions of the Greater Antilles through Monday. However, Laura is forecast to strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico and could bring storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts to portions of the U.S. Gulf Coast by the middle of next week. This could result in a prolonged period of hazardous weather for areas that are likely to be affected by Tropical Storm Marco earlier in the week. Interests there should monitor the progress of Laura and Marco and updates to the forecast during the next few days.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • The northern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to
    the border with Haiti
  • The southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to
    Punta Palenque
  • The northern coast of Haiti from Le Mole St. Nicholas to the
    border with the Dominican Republic
  • The southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, Guantanamo,
    Santiago de Cuba, and Granma

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • The central Bahamas
  • Andros Island
  • Florida Keys from Ocean Reef to Key West and the Dry Tortugas
  • Florida Bay
  • Cuban provinces of Ciego De Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara,
    Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Mayabeque, La Habana, Artemisa, and Pinar Del
    Rio

We will be updating as the information is released from the NWS and NHC.

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