Tracking the Tropics: Cristobal intensifies before making landfall

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6/7/2020 at 7 p.m. – by Maria Sotolongo at KIAH – Here is the latest update from the National Weather Service on Tropical Storm Cristobal.

Cristobal slightly strengthened as it approached land, with maximum winds of 55 mph. It made landfall earlier this evening in southeast Louisiana. Gradual weakening will begin overnight, and the storm is expected to then become a tropical depression. Storms are moving to west-northwest as rain bands move northward. Tornadoes have been reported in Florida, and there remains a possibility for some rotation within the storms.

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Here are details from the National Hurricane Center:

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical
Storm Warning area along the northern Gulf coast through tonight.

RAINFALL:  Cristobal is expected to produce storm total rainfall
accumulations of 5 to 10 inches across portions of the central to
eastern Gulf Coast into the Lower Mississippi Valley, with isolated
amounts to 15 inches.  Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with
local amounts to 6 inches are expected across portions of the Mid to
Upper Mississippi Valley and Northern Plains near and in advance of
Cristobal.  This rainfall will likely lead to flash flooding and
widespread flooding on smaller streams across portions of the
central Gulf Coast into the Lower Mississippi Valley.  New and
renewed significant river flooding is possible along the central
Gulf Coast and into the Mississippi Valley.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible tonight across eastern
Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and northern
Florida.

SURF:  Swells generated by Cristobal will affect portions of the
northern and eastern Gulf coast during the next couple of days.
These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip
current conditions.  Please consult products from your local
weather office.

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6/5/2020 9a.m. – KIAH Meteorologist Maria Sotolongo has your look at your 7-day weather forecast for the next week and a look at what to expect locally from Cristobal.

6/5/2020 7:45a.m. – Cristobal is expected to make landfall overnight Sunday into Monday morning. KIAH Meteorologist Maria Sotolongo has those details.

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