Marco makes landfall, Laura could become powerful hurricane as it moves into Gulf

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Florida Keys.
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ABC News Threats with Laura will include damaging winds, deadly storm surge and flooding rain.
ABC News Threats with Laura will include damaging winds, deadly storm surge and flooding rain.

(ABC News) – The first of two tropical storms heading toward Louisiana has made landfall.

Marco made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River Monday evening, around 7 p.m. ET, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical storm-level winds are expected to subside as Marco moves along the coast of Louisiana over the course of the evening Monday, though heavy rain is forecast along portions of the north-central Gulf Coast through the night.

Hurricane warnings were discontinued for the Louisiana coast as the storm continued to weaken.

A tornado watch remains in effect for portions of the Florida Panhandle and southwestern Georgia until midnight.

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