- The US Gulf Coast is preparing Sunday for the possibility of a hit from twin hurricanes
- It could bring life-threatening winds and flooding along the coast from Texas to Alabama
- Marco strengthened to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico and it expected to hit Louisiana Monday
- Two days later, Storm Laura is predicted to arrive
- Laura has already killed at least seven people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
- It is expected to grow into a more powerful storm and become a hurricane before reaching the US
- A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana
The Gulf Coast braced Sunday for a potentially devastating hit from twin hurricanes as two strong storms swirled toward the U.S from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Officials feared a history-making onslaught of life-threatening winds and flooding along the coast, stretching from Texas to Alabama.
A storm dubbed Marco grew into a hurricane Sunday as it churned up the Gulf of Mexico toward Louisiana. Winds are forecast to hit Louisiana by as early as 2am Monday morning.
Another potential hurricane, Tropical Storm Laura, lashed the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and was tracking toward the same region of the U.S. coast, carrying the risk of growing into a far more powerful storm.
Laura has already killed at least seven people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti including a mother and her 7-year-old son.
The storm left more than a million in the country without electricity, forced more than a thousand to evacuate and caused several homes along the Isabela River to collapse, authorities said.
As of Sunday night, it is forecast to hit Louisiana by 8pm Tuesday.