The First Alert Storm Team is continuing to closely monitor Tropical Storm Cristobal.
The storm is headed straight north from the Yucatan peninsula into the gulf of Mexico, headed for the coast somewhere between Louisiana and Florida on the weekend. Meanwhile, rainfall totals of 50 to 100 mm, with local amounts to 150 mm, is expected across parts of the eastern Gulf Coast, mid- and upper-Mississippi Valley and northern Plains. Tropical storm warnings are still in effect from Intracoastal City, La., to the Okaloosa/Walton County Florida line as well as for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. In addition to seeing some rain, it will likely be breezy here mid next week as well.
It appears the remnants of Cristobal will be tracking north-northeast toward the Badger State Tuesday into Tuesday night.
Showers and thunderstorms will be possible all weekend, but the heaviest rain should fall overnight Saturday through Sunday afternoon, before taping off Sunday evening.
In Biloxi, Miss., a pier was nearly submerged by Sunday morning. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a "Slight Risk" for the coastal regions of Louisiana and Mississippi.
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The third named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will make landfall today (Sunday, June 7, 2020) along the Gulf Coast after spawning a damaging tornado in Florida and churning up unsafe seas.
Before entering the gulf, the storm pinwheeled for days in Central America, unloading feet of rainfall in some areas.
Tropical Storm force winds stretch a couple hundred miles out from the center of the storm and have started to get reported along the Louisiana coast as rain bands start pushing through New Orleans.
Social media Sunday morning showed high water and areas of inundation from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
It's likely that some more remote areas received as much as 30 to 35 inches of rainfall. It is critically important for the people of Louisiana to be aware of this tropical threat.
Our third named system of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is set to affect the Central Gulf Coast of the United States on Sunday/Monday.