Getting ready for Cristobal…

Hi, I’m Meteorologist Matt Barrentine with a look at your forecast.

As we look ahead to Friday, Cristobal will still be down near Mexico so we will have a pretty typical day with hot and humid conditions along with some scattered afternoon storms.

Saturday Cristobal will be moving north and likely gaining a little strength, but it will still be far enough away that we will have another typical summer day with just scattered afternoon storms.

That all changes Sunday as Cristobal, likely as an upper-end tropical storm, approaches the Northern Gulf Coast. The official forecast and the models continue to be consistent with a late Sunday landfall in Louisiana.

We’ll be on the east side of this system which will be the wettest side. Expect rain bands throughout the day Sunday, especially in coastal areas. Monday and Tuesday could be quite wet as well as the remnants of the storm move inland towards Arkansas. All together several inches of rain will fall with the highest totals along the coast.

The most concerning element of this system will be dangerous surf. Rip currents and waves will make the Gulf deadly over the weekend. Please heed the beach flags and stay out of the water.

Other risks like coastal flooding, wind, and tornadoes will be minimal with this system.

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