Cristobal Makes Landfall, Weakens To Tropical Depression As It Moves Through Louisiana

Jun 8, 2020
Originally published on June 17, 2020 2:23 pm

Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall in southeast Louisiana late Sunday afternoon, before weakening to a tropical depression. The effects of the storm were fairly routine and the threat of storm surge along the Gulf coast has been discontinued according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 7 a.m., Cristobal’s low pressure center was about 50 miles southeast of Monroe, Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center. Cristobal is currently heading northwest at 10 mph and is expected to head to Arkansas and Missouri between Monday afternoon and Tuesday followed by Wisconsin on Tuesday night and into Canada by Wednesday.

The storm made landfall near Grand Isle around 5 p.m. Areas outside levee protection saw several feet of storm surge. Several feet of water covered streets in places like Grand Isle, Biloxi, Mississippi, and the New Orleans lakefront. At its peak, more than 10,000 people lost power across the region.  

Coastal flood advisories are in place for parts of coastal Louisiana and Mississippi — from the mouth of the Mississippi River eastward to the Mississippi Coast.

Inside the levee system, the storm passed much like a regular rainstorm. The New Orleans area experienced off-and-on rain with some pockets of gusty wind. Coastal Mississippi saw the heaviest rains, receiving between 5 and 8 inches.

According to the National Weather Service the threat of heavy rainfall has not gone away. Some areas could still see flash flooding — especially along rivers and streams.

About 1,000 Entergy customers are still without power in South Louisiana, including East Baton Rouge. About 500 Cleco customers are without power on the Northshore.

The NHC will issue its next update at Next complete advisory at 10 a.m.

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