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Internet2 Monitoring Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura

Aug 26, 2020, by Chris Wilkinson
Tags: Frontpage News, Internet2 Network, Recent Posts, Research & Education Networks

Last Updated August 26, 2020 at 11:15 AM EDT

The National Hurricane Center is now projecting that Laura will make landfall as a Category 4 Hurricane. Internet2 continues to monitor Hurricane Laura and will do so until the danger of damaging effects has dissipated.

Laura is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 kph). On the current forecast track, Laura should approach the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts this evening and move inland near those areas tonight or Thursday morning. Storm surge and tropical-storm-force winds will arrive within the warning areas well in advance of Laura's center later today. 

In recognition of the events our members are preparing for a hold has been placed on all non-critical changes to the network. This action will remain in place until 8 a.m. EDT on Friday, August 28, 2020. Regular operations and network changes will resume after the storm has passed and at such time that it is determined that sufficient support structures are available.

The map below demonstrates where peak potential rainfall overlays with the Internet2 community in the landfall zone:

Last Updated August 24, 2020 at 12:10 PM EDT

Internet2 is closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura. This includes enhanced monitoring of network services and a detailed review of potential impacts, including reduced resiliency along the Gulf coast. 

The Internet2 NOC has opened two tickets to track all storm related activities and to provide a tie-back for member tickets opened as a result of the potential storm impacts:

  • Tropical Storm Marco: PRB0045833
  • Tropical Storm Laura: PRB0045834

The Internet2 NOC is reachable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by phone at 317-278-6622 and via email You can also monitor a live network status, including current outages and upcoming maintenance, here: 

Tropical Storm Marco
According  to the National Hurricane Center’s public advisory issued today at 11 a.m. EDT, Tropical Storm Marco is forecast to approach the coast of Louisiana this afternoon, and then turn westward and move very close to the coast of Louisiana through Tuesday night. Marco will hit parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with storm surge, heavy rainfall and strong winds. The storm is expected to hook westward and likely reach Texas as a tropical depression Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Laura
A storm warning was issued for portions of the Florida Keys, according to the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. EDT advisory. Tropical Storm Laura could strengthen quickly into a major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico with a significant threat of storm surge, strong winds and flooding rainfall to parts of the Louisiana and Texas coasts later this week. 

Internet2 Preparations
Considering the strength of these storms and the amount of projected rainfall, there is an increased risk for service impact along the southern transport path between Houston, Texas, and Tallahassee, Florida. Should an interruption occur, substantial traffic may be rerouted through multiple inland points of presence including: Kansas City, Missouri; Jackson, Mississippi; and Atlanta, Georgia. Internet2 will work diligently with our partners to restore any impacted services as soon as it is safe to do so. 

We encourage all of our members and partners in the region to please take all appropriate precautions and make any necessary preparations. As the weather can be unpredictable, we will continue to monitor the progress of the storms as they develop and until the danger of additional damaging effects has dissipated. 

We will update this page as information changes or becomes available. Our thoughts are with everyone that may be affected by Tropical Storms Marco and Laura.