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U.S. National Hurricane Center says tropical storm Marco has become a hurricane

11 months 1 week 5 days ago Sunday, August 23 2020 Aug 23, 2020 August 23, 2020 10:45 AM August 23, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Marco became a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico Sunday on a path toward the Louisiana coast.

Tropical Storm Laura battered the Dominican Republic and Haiti and headed to the same part of the U.S. coast, also as a potential hurricane.

It would be the first time two hurricanes form in the Gulf of Mexico simultaneously, according to records dating to at least 1900, said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

The National Hurricane Center said Marco was about 300 miles (480 kilometers) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River and heading north-northwest at 14 miles per hour (22kph), packing winds of 75 miles per hour (120kph). The center warned of life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds along the Gulf Coast. 

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