Rain, road flooding in US as Tropical Storm Cristobal draws closer

Rain, road flooding in US as Tropical Storm Cristobal draws closer

Rain, road flooding in US as Tropical Storm Cristobal draws closer

The storm was expected to cross the Yucatan peninsula Friday and eventually track to the U.S. Gulf coast. The maximum sustained winds with Cristobal are now 50 miles per hour. Winds as high as 88 kilometres per hour are expected, too. The system was a tropical depression earlier in the day but "re-strengthened into a tropical storm" Friday, forecasters said in a discussion statement.

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency to prepare for the storm's possible arrival. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued an emergency disaster proclamation that will allow the city to access greater funds and resources. But it will be churning up the Gulf of Mexico along Florida's coast, where there is a storm surge watch and a tropical storm warning.

The third named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will make landfall by early afternoon on Sunday along the Gulf Coast, but will not grow any stronger before roaring ashore. In the plateau region, the main impact would be increased rainfall chances, with rainfall totals depending on the exact track of the remnants of the tropical storm. In addition, today brings the threat of tornadoes and heavy, flooding rains. This rainfall could produce life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.

Currently, rain amounts look manageable, ranging from 1 to 4 inches across the state, with the heaviest rain expected just west of southeast Wisconsin. Winds and seas over the Gulf of Mexico will diminish on Monday.

Peak winds around the center have been registered around 50 miles per hour, with gusts of about 60 miles per hour and showers stretching out mostly on the eastern half of the storm with heavy rain from New Orleans through the Florida Panhandle.

Roads flooded in coastal Louisiana and MS, and thousands were without power even before the the storm made landfall. Little change in strength is forecast before landfall, and weakening will begin once Cristobal moves inland. "But the tropical storm provided a lot of low level shear and that has allowed for some tornadoes to form over Central Florida".

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. Scattered showers and storms will be possible, with development most likely in areas to the south and southwest.

High pressure will build in Sunday through Tuesday.

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