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Acadiana residents prepare for impacts from Marco and Laura

Defelice House boat on the move.jpg
Posted at 1:24 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 14:37:53-04

Residents in Acadiana are making preparations for the possible impacts from Hurricane Marco and the future Hurricane Laura.

Marco is expected to make landfall on the southeastern Louisiana coast in the evening hours of Monday, August 24. The storm will then move across the state bringing wind, rain and potential flooding as a tropical storm and depression.

Following close on Marco's heels will be Hurricane Laura. Currently a tropical storm, forecasters expect Laura to reach the Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday morning and strengthen to a Category 2 storm before landfall, late Wednesday or early Thursday, somewhere near the Texas-Louisiana border.

With the impacts inevitable, residents in the coastal parishes and all across the southern part of the state are finalizing their storm plans.

Sandbag locations are open at several sites in Acadiana. To see the latest sandbag locations: Sandbag locations in Acadiana

For the latest on storm coverage happening where you live, click here.

In Vermilion Parish, families are taking all necessary precautions as Marco and Laura inch closer to the coast.

With the possibility of high winds and storm surge, the Defelice family spent the morning moving their houseboat, known as "The Bus Stop," from Cypremort Point to the port.

See photos and video (courtesy of Susan Broussard Defelice) of their move below:

Vermilion Parish residents pull their houseboat to safer waters
House boat moving Vermilion Parish

How are you preparing for the storms? Share photos and video of your storm preps and we'll include them here. Send them to news@katctv.com or via our KATC Facebook page. Include your city or parish and a little information about your storm preparations.

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The governor's office issued a state of emergency on Friday, August 21 as a result of the storms.

The state's GetAGamePlan.org has resources for residents needing help with with preparedness information.

For the latest updates on both tropical systems visit the KATC weather page. Also, download our KATC News and Weather apps and find us wherever you stream.

Public advisories from the National Hurricane Center are issued every six hours (4 am, 10 am, 4 pm and 10 pm) with intermediate public advisories issued every 3 hours when coastal watches or warnings are in effect. To see the latest advisories from the NHC, click here.

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