Re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal aims at US Gulf coast

Ruben Fields
June 6, 2020

Cristobal has strengthened into a tropical storm again as it emerges into the Gulf of Mexico and moves north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. The Gulf Coast could see gusts as soon as 8 p.m. Saturday with the storm's center not expected to make landfall in Louisiana until around 1 a.m. Monday, McClatchy News reported, citing forecasts.

Strong winds are expected to arrive "well in advance of and extend well east of Cristobal's center", the National Hurricane Center said. The forecast does not show it strengthening into a hurricane.

Cristobal became a tropical storm on Tuesday but has since weakened back to a tropical depression due to land interaction, with 35 miles per hour sustained winds as of late Thursday morning.

A storm surge watch has also been issued for the northern Gulf coast from Indian Pass to Aripeka, Florida, and from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

The National Hurricane Center is now projecting Cristobal to re-emerge over the ocean waters late Friday, then gain speed as it moves nearly due north towards the Gulf Coast.

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Cristobal is expected to travel north this weekend and make landfall in Louisiana early Monday morning.

Although there remains plenty of time for the forecasted track of the storm to change, such a trajectory would mean an eventual impact for the northern Cumberland Plateau region, though not a substantial one.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton County Florida line, along with Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. Warnings of heavy rains and life-threatening flooding remain, New Orleans public radio station WWNO says.

The storm has spent the last several days dumping torrential rains over southern Mexico and portions of Central America, but is expected to re-emerge in the southern Gulf by Friday evening, the National Weather Service reports. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center predicts a significant amount of rainfall from June 4 to 11 in the Gulf states and Lower Mississippi River. In addition to seeing some rain, it will likely be breezy here mid next week as well.

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