Cristobal strengthens to tropical storm

Cristobal strengthens to tropical storm

After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in Mexico's Gulf coast, Cristobal headed back into the southern Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday and powered back up into a tropical storm.

The NHC says the storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour Friday morning and was moving north-northeast at 7 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Cristobal is seen on a northern track over the Gulf of Mexico in a satellite image taken June 7, 2020. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued an emergency disaster proclamation that will allow the city to access greater funds and resources.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Intracoastal City, Louisiana to Morgan City A tropical storm watch is also in effect for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

Because of its system of protective levees and flood walls, known as the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, storm surge flooding was not expected in New Orleans.

Tropical Storm Cristobal is heading towards the popular Port of New Orleans and Coast Guard reminds citizens to prepare. Severe weather potential would likely be limited to West Tennessee, unless the storm track shifts further east.

Before entering the gulf, the storm pinwheeled for days in Central America, unloading feet of rainfall in some areas. "Rainfall totals of up to 8" will be possible, with some places seeing as much as 12" of rain.

Once Cristobal moves away from Mexico, the second chapter begins.

Occidental also has evacuated non-essential workers from some of its central Gulf of Mexico facilities. With the heavy rain expected, flash flooding is a possibility. Landfall timing will be either late Sunday or early Monday. Portions of the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas are likely to be pummeled by heavy rainfall throughout the weekend. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles from the center of the circulation. It's expected to strengthen as it moves towards the US coast. "But the tropical storm provided a lot of low level shear and that has allowed for some tornadoes to form over Central Florida". It is critically important for the people of Louisiana to be aware of this tropical threat.

Southeastern Louisiana and parts of MS are on flood watch until Tuesday. Highs will be in the 80s Thursday-Sunday.

Late Tuesday afternoon and evening and continuing into the first half of Wednesday we will see our next chance for showers and storms.

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