Tropical Storm Cristobal Forms in Gulf of Mexico; May Impact US Gulf Coast
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020 AS OF 4:30 PM EST
Tropical Storm Cristobal developed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, June 2, approximately 155 miles from Campeche, Mexico, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Central Pacific Hurricane Center. It has been moving west at 3 miles per hour (mph), with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. The NHC projected it could potentially make landfall on the United States (US) Gulf Coast, from Texas to the Florida Panhandle, late Sunday evening. According to NHC predictions, Cristobal could move inland as a tropical storm or potential hurricane, with a risk of storm surge, heavy rainfall, and wind impacts starting over the weekend.
While the NHC noted it was too soon to establish an exact location for the path of Cristobal, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through 7 a.m. on Sunday for southeastern Louisiana and the Mississippi coast. Rainfall rates could potentially reach 2 to 4 inches per hour, with an accumulation of 10 inches over the next week.
BREAKING: Tropical Storm #Cristobal has made landfall in Campeche, Mexico. With wind speeds of 60 mph and the threat for flooding, we’re tracking it LIVE on air now. pic.twitter.com/eeZMnWbRia
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) June 3, 2020
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Here’s the breakdown of public advisories from NOAA’s NHC:
TROPICAL STORM WARNING:
- Remember, Ready.gov provides information on how to prepare for a storm and how to keep you and your family safe
- COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season
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