Gulf of Mexico

Beta was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, 205 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning.
The National Hurricane Center projected that Laura will become a Category 3 hurricane before landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday.
It could be the first time two hurricanes form in the Gulf of Mexico simultaneously, according to records dating to at least 1900.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, is presumed dead after an unplanned parachute jump off Florida’s Panhandle last week.
Moving off the eastern coast of Mexico, the low pressure system was expected to develop into a tropical or subtropical system on Friday.
New Orleans was spared the worst effects of the storm that weakened from hurricane status.
“There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “We’re going to have all three.”
A slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water is causing serious damage to Gulf species, and a major storm threatens to make it worse.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned that there could be “a considerable amount of overtopping” of levees.