Cristobal may bring rainfall, risk of severe weather to Tennessee

Tropical storm Cristobal is seen on a northern track over the Gulf of Mexico in a satellite image taken Sunday

Tropical storm Cristobal is seen on a northern track over the Gulf of Mexico in a satellite image taken Sunday

Tropical Storm Cristobal is forecast to make landfall Sunday night near the Louisiana Gulf coast before it begins to weaken and its remnants move north. Evacuations are already underway in parts of Louisiana and MS because of the storm.

Grab a book or pick a TV series to binge watch because Tropical Storm Cristobal is going to halt any outdoor plans this weekend through Tuesday.

Cristobal will make landfall Sunday along the Louisiana coast, with weather impacts that stretch from Louisiana to Florida, including wind, heavy rain, and storm surge. Along these shores, up to 5 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts will be possible.

Water puddles are seen along Bourbon St. in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Sunday
Water puddles are seen along Bourbon St. in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Sunday

Locations outside of the levee system in Louisiana were experiencing flooding by Sunday morning from heavy rain and storm surge ahead of Cristobal's arrival. It included the zone from southeast Louisiana to coastal MS, where it warned that high water could damage marinas and shoreline buildings, flood roads, and cause major beach erosion. Tropical storm warnings are still in effect from Intracoastal City, La., to the Okaloosa/Walton County Florida line as well as for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. Since Saturday, the storm has dropped 35 inches of rain in parts of southern Guatemala, Chiapas, Mexico and El Salvador.

Roads flooded in coastal Louisiana and MS, and thousands were without power even before the storm made landfall.

Flash flooding is likely, with predicted rain rates of two to four inches per hour, New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU-TV reports. The rain chances look a little higher for Monday as the storm moves off to the north of Southwest Louisiana. North of Orlando is most likely to see more impact on Sunday than southern and eastern portions of Central Florida, but afternoon and early evening storms are still possible throughout Osceola.

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In Biloxi, Miss., a pier was nearly submerged by Sunday morning.

Southeastern Louisiana and parts of MS are on flood watch until Tuesday. The area most affected by the surge will be the regions immediately next to the coastline.

Before entering the gulf, the storm pinwheeled for days in Central America, unloading feet of rainfall in some areas. It is critically important for the people of Louisiana to be aware of this tropical threat.

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On June 2, the storm set a record as the earliest third-named tropical storm or hurricane in any Atlantic hurricane season to date.

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