Cristobal Weakens to a Tropical Depression, as the Storm Travels Inland

Written by Sarrah Pelorus

Last updated 6/8/2020, 11:30:41 AM

Cristobal has weakened to a tropical depression Monday morning after making landfall in southeast Louisiana

The hurricane made landfall near Grand Isle, La., with 50 mph winds that will continue to bring heavy rain and strong winds northward towards Mississippi and Alabama. Tropical storm-force winds will continue to move across the northern Gulf Coast from central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle. Isolated tornadoes are possible north and east of Cristobal on Monday, especially across Mississippi and Alabama. 

There is a high risk for flooding over parts of the Mississippi Valley as the storm moves northward. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) Cristobal is forecast to produce rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches from the central and eastern Gulf Coast into the lower Mississippi Valley, with isolated amounts of up to 15 inches. There is a chance of severe weather along the path up into the Great Lakes and the Midwest, as the remnants of Cristobal and a strong cold front interact. The cold front is expected to provide heavy snow over the Northern Rocky Mountains, bringing along severe storms for the Northern and Central Plains.

Currently, heavy rain is the primary concern with Cristobal at this time. With many already receiving flooding as the storm made landfall. A Flood Watch remains in effect for all of Southeast Louisiana and coastal Mississippi until Tuesday morning.

Tropical storm Cristobal follows storms Arthur and Bertha which formed before the traditional start of the season, which began June 1st.

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