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Cristobal to re-emerge in the gulf Friday, moving north toward US

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Published: Jun. 5, 2020 at 6:01 AM CDT
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10PM Tropical Update

Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft have been sent out into Tropical Storm Cristobal Friday evening now that the storm has moved out into the open waters of the Southern Gulf of Mexico. Winds had increased to 45 mph with more strengthening expected into the coming days. Forward speed has increased which means this storm looks to make landfall along the Louisiana Coastline late Sunday before moving inland Monday as a strong tropical storm.

Storm Surge Watches are in place from the Louisiana Gulf Coast to the Florida Gulf Coast as strong winds push water inland. Tropical Storm Watches are in place for Central Louisiana. Tropical Storm Warnings extend from the eastern half of Louisiana all the way over the western Panhandle of Florida to include the cities of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile, and Pensacola.

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Early Friday and Cristobal has begun its northward movement toward the US. Early Friday it went from a crawl to a slow jog, but we expect the system to pick up speed later today, potentially re-emerging in the Gulf of Mexico as early as this afternoon.

While we'd still like a little more consistency with model data, all signs point to a landfall east of the Sabine River, which means relatively minor impacts for the Brazos Valley in terms of rain/wind. Some gusty conditions will be a possibility early next week, with outer rain bands reaching our eastern counties as early as Sunday, and more likely Monday.

We expect less than an inch area-wide from this storm, but scattered showers and a few storms are most likely during the day on Monday, with some wind gusts to 20mph+ possible from Sunday evening through early Tuesday.

Cristobal will very quickly dry the atmosphere into Tuesday, leading to sunshine and an "enhanced" high pressure giving us a HOT couple days near the triple digits.

Friday Morning Live Weather Update

HOT with a couple chances for rain the next several days. Forecast update and a look at #Cristboal here

Posted by KBTX Media on Friday, June 5, 2020

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