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Hurricane watch for Yucatan Peninsula as Marco takes shape

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Two tropical depressions could be making U.S. landfall at about the same time. One will slice through the Yucatan Peninsula. Graphic: Weather Channel

The coming Tropical Depression 14 is likely to become Tropical Storm Marco today and bring three to six inches of rain to the eastern portions of Quintana Roo and Yucatan this weekend.

From there, Marco will strengthen. It could be near hurricane strength when it nears the Yucatan Peninsula late Saturday, forecasters said. A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning have been issued for part of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm appeared to be getting more organized on Thursday night and was nearly a tropical storm. It is forecast to slice through the Yucatan late Saturday and early Sunday and track toward Texas and Louisiana where it could be a hurricane as it nears landfall Tuesday.

It is one of two tropical systems that could threaten the United States Gulf Coast, both possibly making landfall on the same day.

Forecasters tracked Tropical Depression 13 in the central Atlantic east of the Leeward Islands. As Tropical Storm Laura, it could take aim at Florida and then move into the Gulf as a hurricane by early next week.

As of 10 p.m. Thursday, Tropical Depression 14 — the one headed toward Yucatan — was in the western Caribbean about 65 miles east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border.

That means the center of the storm is not forecast to be over land in Nicaragua or Honduras.

Source: The Weather Channel

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