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  • VISIT FLORIDA Tropical Storm Laura Update

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    August 21, 2020

    VISIT FLORIDA Tropical Storm Laura Update

    Dear Chanda,

    VISIT FLORIDA is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Laura and is in constant communication with the State Emergency Operations Center. 

    According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 5:00 PM AST, Friday, August 21, the center of Tropical Storm Laura was located near latitude 17.1 North, longitude 61.2 West. Laura is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h), and a generally west northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Laura will move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands later today, near or over Puerto Rico Saturday morning, and near the northern coast of Hispaniola late Saturday and early Sunday.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Some slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

    Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.

    For the latest information regarding Tropical Storm Laura, please refer to the National Hurricane Center HERE

    VISIT FLORIDA has taken the following actions in response to Tropical Storm Laura:
    • VISIT FLORIDA is featuring travel safety information on our consumer-facing website, VISITFLORIDA.com, to provide weather alerts and official resources to assist visitors with making the most informed travel planning decisions possible. This page links to sources such as the National Hurricane Center, FloridaDisaster.org, Florida 511 and others.
    • VISIT FLORIDA's three Official Florida Welcome Centers, located at major access points into and out of the state, transitioned into emergency information centers offering the latest details on Tropical Storm Laura.
    • VISIT FLORIDA staff are participating in conference calls with the State Emergency Operations Center and Emergency Support Functions 18 (ESF-18) leadership to provide updates on action steps that could assist the state's response efforts.
    • VISIT FLORIDA will continue to monitor the storm and will be sure to share any further pertinent information with you via email as the situation unfolds. Visitors to the state should continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Laura over the next several days.

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