As of 9 PM Central Time Sunday, Tropical Storm Cristobal is moving inland, along the Louisiana coast. Dumping inches upon inches of rain from Gulf Shores, AL through Coastal Mississippi The National Hurricane Center is reporting a minimum central pressure of 993 millibars. Maximum wind speeds have increased to 50 mph.
Tropical Storm Warnings: The most significant impacts from Cristobal will be felt in this region, as tropical storm-force winds last through Monday, with 4 to 6″ of rainfall likely. Flood Watches now extend from Florida through Alabama, Mississippi into Arkansas.
are currently in effect up & down the I-10 corridor, stretching from Baton Rouge, LA to Pensacola, FL. This means that tropical storm conditions are likely within 36 hours.
We are NOT expecting much of any significant impacts from this storm in Central Alabama. What we will see is gusty winds–on the order of 15 to 25 mph–both tomorrow & Monday as Cristobal makes its closest approach. We’ll also see passing tropical thunderstorms across West Alabama, but any potential severe weather is VERY unlikely with this system.
Rainfall totals will be greatest from the Mississippi Coast up through central Arkansas. West Alabama will see the greatest opportunity for rain. whereas East Alabama remains much drier. Most places, for now, see less than 1 inch of rain.
Of course, impacts can change over a short distance when it comes to tropical storms, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on it. Otherwise, enjoy your weekend & stay cool! Highs expected in the 90s both today & tomorrow.