President Trump issues emergency declaration for La.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry gives an update on Tropical Storm Marco and Tropical Storm Laura from the Office of Emergency Management in League City, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. ( Jennifer Reynold)/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

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UPDATED 2:15 PM PT – Sunday, August 23, 2020

President Trump issued an emergency disaster declaration for Louisiana as Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura approached the U.S. coast. The president approved the declaration on Sunday, which will authorize FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate relief efforts and provide assistance.

Under the order, federal funding and reimbursement for mass care, including evacuation and shelter efforts, will be available for several counties in the state.

Meanwhile, Governor John Bel Edwards has urged residents to prepare for both the hurricane and storm.

“You need to be prepared to ride out the storms, you and your family wherever you are, at dark tonight,” he said. “Tropical storm force winds will be impacting coastal Louisiana before daylight tomorrow.”

Remnants of city sign lay on the beach, damaged by Tropical Storm Laura in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

According to the National Weather Service, Marco’s maximum winds are at least 75 miles per hour. The hurricane is currently over the Gulf of Mexico and is expected make landfall on Monday.

Tropical Storm Laura is expected to grow into a hurricane and make landfall later this week. Forecasters have predicted the two storms will both be in the gulf on Monday, which would be the first time two hurricanes have appeared in the area at the same time.

The phenomenon is part of the irregular hurricane season this year, which reportedly has been experiencing more storm activity than usual due to a number of factors.

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