Hurricane Marco was a hurricane that affected the Gulf Coast of the United States alongside Hurricane Laura.
Hurricane Marco became a hurricane on August 24, after being a storm. Hurricane Marco spread to several different territories, such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba, and the United States. It lasted from the 20th-26th of August.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Laura increased from a Category 1 to Category 4 in just 24 hours, becoming the 10th storm since 1851 to reach winds as high as 150 mph. As of August 29, 2020, ten people were killed in Louisiana and four were killed in Texas. The rapid intensification of Laura’s strength is strongly connected to climate change: warming oceans allow the storm to quickly gain energy and speed as it travels over the water and towards the coast. Some scientists also believe that the effects of the Clean Air Act decreased reflective aerosols in the atmosphere, contributing to the warming of oceans. Rapid intensification poses a severe threat to meteorologists and those that work with weather as it becomes more and more apparent that it is impossible to predict the strength of coastal storms. Like Hurricane Marco, it started on the 20th of August, but lasted 9 days rather than 6.
The Gulf Coast is disproportionately affected by 2 hurricanes at once, and needs
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According to the
of Costa Rica, heavy rain from the indirect effects of Marco affected parts of the country for three days. In
, accumulations reached 17.0 in (431 mm); this was more than twice the average August rainfall of 9.1 in (231 mm). Areas in and around Santa Cruz reported flooding throughout.
, the state of
was one of the areas hit hardest by Marco. One person was killed in
and, following a landslide in
, soldiers from the VII Military Region worked for several hours to enable the passage of vehicles to the city, with the help of Civil Protection personnel. In some municipalities of Chiapas, such as
, there was flooding due to the growth of rivers that come from mountains nearby.
Marco brought heavy rain to parts of
in Cuba on August 23. The town of Isabel Rubio saw the greatest accumulations at 3.8 in (97 mm). Minor flooding occurred in
. A few trees were downed during the storm.
Main bands extended as far northeast as
was issued for a storm just northeast of
. Another tornado warning was issued for a storm near
were also issued due to possible
Meanwhile, Hurricane Laura deposited eight to 12 inches of rain across the Northwestern Gulf Coast, five to ten inches in much of Louisiana, and three to seven inches as far away as Mississippi and Arkansas. A mandatory evacuation was put into action for most of the coast ahead of the storm surge on Wednesday.
As Hurricane Laura traveled north of the coast, it was downgraded to a tropical depression, continuing to cause extreme weather (including tornadoes and flash floods) and displacement along much of the Southern US before it traveled Northeast. Most communities in Laura’s path experienced roofs lifted off buildings, fallen trees, and issues (and in some cases, deaths) due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
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