Photos: US Gulf Coast braces for tropical storm Laura as Marco weakens

Anticipating deadly winds, rains and storm surges, the governor of Louisiana told citizens that Laura could rival 2005's Hurricane Rita, one of the fiercest recorded in the Gulf. Laura comes on the heels of tropical storm Marco, which weakened sooner than expected and made landfall on August 25 in Louisiana. The rare threat of two possible hurricanes in the Gulf at once prompted energy companies to shutter operations and ride out the weather, taking nearly 10% of the United States' crude oil production offline.

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Curious residents in Key West, Florida, flock to the Edward B. Knight Pier on August 24 to witness the wind and wave action of tropical storm Laura as it passes well to the west of the Florida Keys. As tropical storm Marco made landfall, the Gulf Coast turned its attention to Laura, another system following just behind that could grow into a supercharged Category 3 hurricane with winds topping 177 kph. (Rob O'Neal/The Key West Citizen via AP)

Curious residents in Key West, Florida, flock to the Edward B. Knight Pier on August 24 to witness the wind and wave action of tropical storm Laura as it passes well to the west of the Florida Keys. As tropical storm Marco made landfall, the Gulf Coast turned its attention to Laura, another system following just behind that could grow into a supercharged Category 3 hurricane with winds topping 177 kph. (Rob O'Neal/The Key West Citizen via AP)

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People selling from the market walk in the flooded street in the neighbourhood of Pétion ville in Haiti on August 23 during the passage of tropical storm Laura. The weather system churned just south of Cuba after killing at least 24 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where it knocked out power and caused flooding in the two nations. (Estailove ST-VAL / AFP)

People selling from the market walk in the flooded street in the neighbourhood of Pétion ville in Haiti on August 23 during the passage of tropical storm Laura. The weather system churned just south of Cuba after killing at least 24 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where it knocked out power and caused flooding in the two nations. (Estailove ST-VAL / AFP)

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Waves splash at the seafront Malecon during the passage of tropical storm Laura in the Cuban capital of Havana on August 24. High winds tore tin roofs off homes and downed trees, but local authorities reported no human casualties. Cuban authorities had evacuated at least 160,000 people in the provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Camaguey. (Alexandre Meneghini / REUTERS)

Waves splash at the seafront Malecon during the passage of tropical storm Laura in the Cuban capital of Havana on August 24. High winds tore tin roofs off homes and downed trees, but local authorities reported no human casualties. Cuban authorities had evacuated at least 160,000 people in the provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Camaguey. (Alexandre Meneghini / REUTERS)

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The mother and grandmother of a woman and her child who died when the wall of their house fell on them, grieves as rescue teams work to recover the body of the child from under the rubble, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on August 23 while tropical storm Laura battered the region. (Erika Santelices / AFP)

The mother and grandmother of a woman and her child who died when the wall of their house fell on them, grieves as rescue teams work to recover the body of the child from under the rubble, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on August 23 while tropical storm Laura battered the region. (Erika Santelices / AFP)

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A woman tries to save items from her house in the neighborhood of Pétion ville in Haiti on August 23 during the passage of tropical storm Laura. Tropical Storm Marco -- which also churned through the Gulf of Mexico – has been downgraded from a hurricane and was forecast to hit Louisiana August 25, weakening to a tropical depression a day later. (Estailove ST-VAL / AFP)

A woman tries to save items from her house in the neighborhood of Pétion ville in Haiti on August 23 during the passage of tropical storm Laura. Tropical Storm Marco -- which also churned through the Gulf of Mexico – has been downgraded from a hurricane and was forecast to hit Louisiana August 25, weakening to a tropical depression a day later. (Estailove ST-VAL / AFP)

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards(R), answers questions while holding a media briefing about the state's activity related to storms Marco and Laura, on August 24, in Baton Rouge. Marco’s weakening winds have at least spared the Gulf what would have been twin hurricanes, unprecedented since records began 150 years ago. (Bill Feig./The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards(R), answers questions while holding a media briefing about the state's activity related to storms Marco and Laura, on August 24, in Baton Rouge. Marco’s weakening winds have at least spared the Gulf what would have been twin hurricanes, unprecedented since records began 150 years ago. (Bill Feig./The Advocate via AP)

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Workers protect windows and glass doors by dismantling them from the Paseo del Prado Hotel during preparations for the arrival of tropical storm Laura in Havana on August 24. Once Laura moves into the warm Gulf of Mexico that serves as fuel for storms, forecasters predict it will rapidly strengthen to hurricane status ahead of an expected August 26 landfall. (Yamil Lage / AFP)

Workers protect windows and glass doors by dismantling them from the Paseo del Prado Hotel during preparations for the arrival of tropical storm Laura in Havana on August 24. Once Laura moves into the warm Gulf of Mexico that serves as fuel for storms, forecasters predict it will rapidly strengthen to hurricane status ahead of an expected August 26 landfall. (Yamil Lage / AFP)

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Electric utility trucks are lined up along Lake Pontchartrain in preparation for tropical storm Marco on August 24 in Kenner, Louisiana. The Gulf Coast is expecting to still see some impact from Marco. Shrimp trawlers and fishing boats have been tied up in a Louisiana harbour ahead of the storms. Both in-person classes and virtual school sessions are cancelled in some districts. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP)

Electric utility trucks are lined up along Lake Pontchartrain in preparation for tropical storm Marco on August 24 in Kenner, Louisiana. The Gulf Coast is expecting to still see some impact from Marco. Shrimp trawlers and fishing boats have been tied up in a Louisiana harbour ahead of the storms. Both in-person classes and virtual school sessions are cancelled in some districts. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP)

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A kite surfer enjoys the wind in Lauderdale, Florida on August 24. State emergencies have been declared in Louisiana and Mississippi, and shelters are being opened to house evacuees. Workers on offshore oil rigs are being evacuated from production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico in anticipation of Laura’s arrival, reducing offshore oil and gas production to less than one-fifth the normal activity. (AP)

A kite surfer enjoys the wind in Lauderdale, Florida on August 24. State emergencies have been declared in Louisiana and Mississippi, and shelters are being opened to house evacuees. Workers on offshore oil rigs are being evacuated from production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico in anticipation of Laura’s arrival, reducing offshore oil and gas production to less than one-fifth the normal activity. (AP)

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