Hi there, I’m Meteorologist Jennifer Lambers with the latest look at your forecast.
Checking in on Tropical Storm Cristobal, it is currently in the central Gulf and is slowly drifting northward at 12 mph. Cristobal is expected to pick up in intensity before making landfall but is forecasted to remain a tropical storm. The path of the storm is currently taking the center towards central Louisiana, but we still see some effects of it here on the Gulf Coast.
We are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning until further notice. Heavy rain will begin to pick up tonight and will continue through Monday morning. We can expect our rain chances to stick around until midweek.
The biggest concern continues to be the rough surf. Seas are expected to grow to 15-20 ft that will translate to some big breakers along the shoreline and dangerous rip currents. We have a lot of visitors at our beaches right now, so this is not a good combo. Hopefully people heed the beach flags and the warnings. Double red flags are currently flying in some beaches.
Flash flooding is a large concern, especially on roadways and in urban areas. Rainfall amounts could be in the 4-8" range, but some areas could see up to 10". Tropical Storm force winds, along with dangerous and deadly rip currents, will also begin to increase overnight Saturday. The SPC has placed our area under Marginal & Slight risk for severe weather heading into Sunday. The risk for tornadoes remains low but are still possible Sunday through Monday.
After Cristobal moves north into the Midwest region, we will return to our typical summertime pattern by midweek, with temperatures in the upper-80s and the lower-90s, and scattered afternoon rain chances.
Have a great week and stay weather aware!