Gulf states brace for twin storms
A weakened Tropical Storm Marco is dumping rain on Louisiana as Laura builds strength in the Gulf of Mexico.
along the US Gulf Coast. Time to prepare is quickly running out. While wind shear has so far blunted the worst effects of Marco Laura is on the horizon with the potential to strengthen to a Category three hurricane before making landfall later this week. We're only gonna dodge the bullet so many times, and the current forecast for Laura has it focused intently on Louisiana, a 12 punch that has officials in coastal communities from Alabama to Texas worried about storm surge. But the water comes over those back levies from the marsh as a concern that it doesn't have enough time to receive because we have another storm barreling down. Some Louisiana is not waiting around. They're hitting the road to higher ground or heading to shelters. I've been through Katrina, and I don't want to ride out another one if it could be held. That catastrophic storm hit this state 15 years ago this week. A Zephyr Laura. It is already a killer, leaving at least 11 people dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, causing widespread flooding and power outages. Now following Marco to the U. S. Gulf Coast is 2000 and 20 and so we expect the unexpected. We expect rare events to occur, and what we're seeing this week certainly is, uh, is exactly that to tropical systems hitting just days apart. Chris Pallone, NBC News, Lafayette, Louisiana.