Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday declared a disaster declaration in 23 counties as approaching storms are expected to impact the state. Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura — both forecast to make landfall this week — will be arriving as the area continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is incredibly important for anybody who could be in the path of these storms to constantly heed local warnings about what could happen in your community,” Abbott said Sunday at a press conference. “Understand this is very swift-moving and there could be rising water very quickly.”
The National Hurricane Center upgraded Marco to a hurricane Sunday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour; they warned it could bring “life-threatening” storm surge.
Marco is expected to make a direct hit on Louisiana on Monday, hitting New Orleans with hurricane-force winds and dumping several inches of rain throughout the area and into North Texas. As of Sunday afternoon, the storm was located about 395 miles southeast of Lafayette.
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