Two tropical systems expected in the Gulf Coast area at the same time

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Two tropical systems could impact Gulf Coast in the coming days. It’s about Tropical Storm Laura, which is currently over Puerto Rico, expected to move northwest in the coming days and head toward Hispaniola and Cuba and Tropical Storm Marco,which is just east of the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s expected to move across the peninsula before continuing north toward the US. The storms could potentially interact with each other. would be an unprecedented weather event that could cause major damage. There are no records of two hurricanes occurring in the ocean basin at the same time.

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If two tropical systems end up in the Gulf together, Colorado State University Atmospheric Research Scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach says that will be the first time since 1959. Gulf Coast is in alert. BP, Shell and Chevron Corp on Friday said they had begun evacuating offshore oil facilities. Chevron said it was evacuating all personnel at its Big Foot, Genesis, Jack/St. Malo and Tahiiti platforms and initiating shut-in procedures. Texas hospitals and health care systems are planning to handle both the storm and the pandemic. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday sent a letter to o President Donald Trump requesting that he declare a pre-landfall emergency in Escambia, Santa Rosa and other Florida counties in advance of Tropical Storms.