INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Atlantic hurricane season is officially in its peak and now two tropical systems are setting course for the Gulf of Mexico early next week.
Tropical Storm Laura is the 12th named storm and on Friday afternoon was moving across the Leeward Islands. It will continue to move to the west this weekend impacting Haiti and Cuba this weekend before moving into the Gulf of Mexico Monday. Right now the National Hurricane Center forecast has it staying as a tropical storm before possibly strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday.
Meanwhile Tropical Depression 14 is located just south of the Yucatan Peninsula. It will likely become Marco by this weekend. This storm is also projected to move into the Gulf of Mexico early next week and could strengthen into a hurricane.
If both storms reach the Gulf at the same time and become hurricanes that will be the first time ever on record two were in the Gulf of Mexico simultaneously.
Back in September of 1933 there were 2 storms that made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, a hurricane impacted the Brownsville area as a Category 3 storm and a tropical storm made landfall near Cedar Key.