Cristobal bringing stormy weather this weekend

Tropical Storm Cristobal

This graphic shows the latest forecast track of Tropical Storm Cristobal as of Saturday June

Cristobal has strengthened into a tropical storm again as it emerges into the Gulf of Mexico and moves north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Cristobal is expected to regain tropical storm strength later today.

On Friday, June 5, Lafayette Parish Mayor-President Josh Guillory declared a state of emergency for Lafayette Parish ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal.

Tropical Storm Cristobal
This graphic shows the probability of tropical storm-force winds from Cristobal as of Saturday June

The massive tropical storm is stretching from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, across the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond Florida's peninsula into the Atlantic Ocean, bringing with it 15-20 mile-per-hour winds and gusts up to 30 miles per hour during storms.

The threat of greatest impact from Tropical storm Cristobal has moved slightly eastward from Bossier Parish, according to the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center.

Strong winds are expected to arrive "well in advance of and extend well east of Cristobal's center", the National Hurricane Center said.

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As of the last update, at 4 a.m. CDT Friday, Tropical Depression Cristobal was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Campeche, Mexico, and was moving north-northeast at 7 mph.

The early season storm is not expected to become a hurricane but its heavy rains could cause flash flooding in the central Gulf Coast.

Here is a link to the National Hurricane Center for the latest information on the tropics.

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"Coastal flooding, heavy rain and risky beach conditions will be the main impacts locally", the National Weather Service said on their website. The Storm Prediction Center has a "Marginal Risk" for the coastal regions of Lousiana, Mississippi, Alabama and northwestern Florida.

Coastal flooding will also be likely both Sunday and Monday.

The potential for storm surge flooding could reach more than 3 feet above ground with some areas expecting up to 10 inches of rain this weekend.

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LCG says that local law enforcement will continue to monitor road conditions, but motorists are advised to stay off the roads if at all possible during the storm and after should area roads flood.

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