Meteorologists express concern for farmers in path of Laura and Marco
Tropical Storm Marco makes landfall and meteorologists warn everyone to be aware for agriculture to municipal interests.
According to USDA’s meteorologist Brad Rippey, “Primary impacts from what is left of, former hurricane now tropical storm, Marco expected to be a storm surge across parts of the Louisiana and Mississippi coast lines, possibly up to 2-4 feet, and then a few areas may see as much as 3-6 inches of rainfall, but nothing widespread just locally heavy showers from this quickly dying storm system.”
The storm named Laura though could impact several crops. It became a hurricane earlier today.
“We will be carefully watching for any potential wind and heavy rainfall impacts that could lodge the sugarcane crops just ahead of harvest,” Rippey adds. “The delta rice, hopefully, will be far enough east of high winds and heavy rain to be able to avoid significant impact.”
Laura is expected to track more towards the west, but if it moves eastward, it could threaten cotton harvest in the Deep South.