NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents are fleeing coastal areas in Louisiana as the state braces for a possible hit from consecutive hurricanes.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the fear is the state could see a heavy storm surge from Hurricane Marco, now in the Gulf of Mexico, and a second strike from Tropical Storm Laura before water from the first storm recedes.

Laura is now lashing islands in the Caribbean and could grow into a powerful hurricane. The governor says “we’ve not seen this before."

As the storms approached, homeowners and tourists were leaving the barrier island of Grand Isle, south of New Orleans.

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