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.
Louisiana Gov. Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Thursday in advance of Cristobal, which he says is forecast to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico and could become a Tropical Storm again. It had formed this week in the Bay of Campeche from the remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda. But a small change in the track or timing of the storm could result in more or less rain.
The National Hurricane Center is now projecting Cristobal to re-emerge over the ocean waters late Friday, then gain speed as it moves nearly due north towards the Gulf Coast.
Maximum sustained winds are now near 35 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Those along North Florida's Gulf Coast can expect possible life-threatening storm surges.
Here is a link to the National Hurricane Center for the latest information on the tropics.
Cristobal strengthens to tropical storm
Cristobal will make landfall Sunday along the Louisiana coast, with weather impacts that stretch from Louisiana to Florida, including wind, heavy rain, and storm surge. Within the next 48 hours, storm surge along parts of Louisiana, the MS coast and the Florida Big Bend region has the potential to be life-threatening, according to the center.
"What we want people to be particularly aware of is the hazards associated with this storm", Mr. Berg said.
The threat of greatest impact from Tropical storm Cristobal has moved slightly eastward from Bossier Parish, according to the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center. With the heavy rain expected, flash flooding is a possibility.