Tropical Storm Cristobal Strikes US With Landfall in Louisiana, Tornado in Florida

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The combination of unsafe gulf swells in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Cristobal, combined with elevated astronomical tides, also raised the potential for coastal flooding.

As well, the storm may spawn a few tornadoes Sunday across eastern Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama and northern Florida. Any blazes that start will spread rapidly, they said.

Residents of waterside communities outside the New Orleans levee system - bounded by lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne - were urged to evacuate Sunday afternoon because of the threat of an expected storm surge.

And it issued a tropical storm warning for an area extending to the Florida Panhandle, meaning high winds and heavy rainfall were expected. Expect periods of rain, storms amid gusty winds (upward of 40 mph) and the possibility of a few spin-up tornadoes through the afternoon and evening hours. "You have to go by boat".

The rainfall forecast from Tropical Depression Cristobal
The rainfall forecast from Tropical Depression Cristobal

Much of Grand Isle wasn't passable, Jefferson Parish Councilman Ricky Templet told The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate. Three teams of engineers also were available to help assess potential infrastructure failures, a Guard statement said.

In Biloxi, Miss., a pier was nearly submerged by Sunday morning. It is moving northward at 19 km/h and is expected to continue this directional track during the day, followed by a gradual turn to the northwest by Sunday night. The twister just missed a group of protesters at Lake Eola at around 7:30 p.m.

Cristobal's forecast path takes it inland through north-eastern Louisiana and south-western MS on Monday, continuing through Arkansas and eastern Missouri on Monday night and Tuesday, and reaching Wisconsin and the western Great Lakes by Wednesday.

In New Orleans, crews have been responding to downed trees and power lines.

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A New Orleans Police Department vehicle patrols the French Quarter as Tropical Storm Cristobal nears the coast.

A dose of tropical weather is headed for Central Wisconsin this week.

"The winds will actually increase again, even though the storm will no longer be 'tropical, '" CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller explained.

John Bel Edwards tweeted that President Trump had approved his request for federal assistance over the storm. If the storm maintains its current track, MS could be the state hardest hit, according to Gavin Phillips, a forecaster with the National Weather Service New Orleans.

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