Cristobal strengthens to tropical storm

Monday, 08 Jun, 2020

Strengthening is expected, however, as the storm re-emerges over the open water of the Gulf of Mexico after departing the Yucatan Peninsula.

The National Weather Service forecast office in La Crosse, Wis., tweeted that Cristobal's remnants could track farther west across Wisconsin than any other post-tropical system on record. Neighboring states to the east such as Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, even the Carolinas will each pick up several inches of rain in a short period of time which could trigger flash flooding.

Storms during hurricane season often raise a concern about oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.

Early this week, the storm pummelled parts of southern Mexico and Central America with damaging winds and deadly flooding.

The tropical depression strengthened into a tropical storm shortly before 2 p.m. Friday and could see some "additional strengthening during the next 48 hours", according to the National Hurricane Center. A tornado watch was in effect for coastal Alabama and MS through 6 p.m. (5 p.m. central) Sunday for the "threat of a couple of tornadoes with mini supercells".

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency to prepare for the storm's possible arrival.

Jefferson Parish, a suburb of New Orleans, called for voluntary evacuations Saturday of Jean Lafitte, Lower Lafitte, Crown Point and Barataria because of the threat of storm surge, high tides and heavy rain. The system will eventually track into Arkansas and Missouri bringing very heavy rainfall to that region. In terms of the wind risk, tropical storm force winds could occur this weekend from Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle. Highs will be in the 80s Thursday-Sunday.

Heavy rainfall of 4 to 8 inches with higher amounts up to 10 inches possible, mainly across southeast MS and coastal Alabama.

Showers and thunderstorms are primarily on Cristobal's eastern and northeastern side, in a plume of deep moisture, which has, and will continue to affect Florida, including Osceola County and throughout Central Florida.

Unfortunately it'll be a narrow stretch of Acadiana that sees those rains which will be the most likely to cause some flooding, so don't get complacent in monitoring the weather on Monday.