Cristobal impacts and timing in Louisiana

Storm to hit Louisiana with 60mph winds

The forecast for Tropical Storm Cristobal calls for winds to top out at 60mph Sunday as it nears the Louisiana coast.

Along with the potential for wind damage, power outages and wind blown water; heavy rainfall is a threat.


  • 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 accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with local amounts to 12 inches
  • 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


  • On the forecast track, the center of Cristobal will move 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  
  • 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:

wind arrival


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