As of 1 p.m. Friday Cristobal has strengthened and regained its status as a tropical storm.

With maximum sustained winds at 40 miles per hour, Tropical Storm Cristobal was centered about 35 miles south-southeast of Merida, Mexico, or about 595 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The National Hurricane Center further says the storm was moving north at 12 miles per hour.

Cristobal is expected to keep tracking northward and make landfall Sunday night west of New Orleans.

The FOX10 viewing area will see gusty winds, high rip currents, and big rain chances since we will be east of the projected center. Most coastal spots will pick up 2 to 4 inches of rain.

A tropical storm watch is in effect from Intracoastal City in Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

The government of Mexico has changed the Tropical Storm Watch to a Tropical Storm Warning for the Yucatan Peninsula from Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos.

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