Cristobal poised for Sunday afternoon landfall

Cristobal

Tropical Storm Cristobal continues moving north through the Gulf of Mexico at 12 mph. Maximum winds are 50 mph, but tropical storm-force winds extend as far as 240 miles from the center of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is expected and is forecasting maximum winds of 60 mph when the storm makes landfall likely near the Houma/Thibodaux area Sunday afternoon.

Impacts:
  • Tropical storm force winds are expected along the northern Gulf Coast from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle, including metropolitan New Orleans, and a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for this area
  • Heavy rainfall will spread into portions of the Gulf Coast, from east Texas to Florida this weekend into early next week, with areas of flash flooding
  • Rainfall of 6 to 10 inches in the New Orleans metro area and Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge outside of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System from the Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Timing:

  • On the forecast track, the center of Cristobal is moving over the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday
  • Tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical Storm Warning area along the northern Gulf Coast beginning late Saturday night
  • Cristobal's Center is forecast to be near the Louisiana coast on Sunday afternoon  
  • The center of the storm is then forecast to move inland across Louisiana late Sunday and into Monday

Here is a graphical look at when the highest winds are most likely to arrive:

Cristobal wind arrival