At 11 am AST, the NHC said the centre of Tropical Storm Laura was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 210 miles (335 km) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands. A second storm also might hit the U.S.as a hurricane after running across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
If the system stays north of the islands, it could become stronger and if it interacts with land, it could become weaker. They could even get sucked into an odd dance around each other. Computer forecast models varied so much that some saw Laura becoming a major hurricane nearing the US, while others saw it dissipating.
The system is expected to make landfall in Puerto Rico or the northern coast of Hispaniola this weekend.
Computer models have this system going toward the Yucatán Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico, and keep it away from us in South Florida. It is expected to strengthen to Tropical Storm Marco later today and could be near hurricane strength when it nears Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula late Saturday, the hurricane center said.
According to the Met Service, Tropical Depression 14 is now southwest of Jamaica and moving west.
It was heading west at 21 miles per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
Two Gulf front cities in Manatee County are offering free sandbags in preparation for Tropical Storm Laura as it tracks toward Florida.
Afterward, restrengthening is forecast on Sunday as it moves offshore and enters the southern Gulf of Mexico.
There is not one but two tropical systems that could threaten the United States - and specifically the Gulf Coast - in the next few days.