LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Cristobal weakens to a tropical depression and was located near Monroe as of the final late-morning advisory from by the National Hurricane Center. Cristobal made landfall Sunday afternoon as a tropical storm between the mouth of the Mississippi River and Grand Isle.
Tropical Depression Cristobal continues to move NW at 15 mph. Winds have decreased to 35 mph with gust to 45 mph, with the strongest winds to the east of the circulation.
Impacts to SW Louisiana are still looking to remain minimal. Winds may gust to near 30 mph through Tuesday. Rainfall around 1 to 2 inches are possible, but the greater risk of heavy rain will likely be well to our east. Storm surge is not likely to be much of an issue with northerly winds, but tides may run a bit higher than normal at high tide.
This could be more noticeable Monday as the storm moves farther inland and our winds turn somewhat southerly. With any land-falling tropical system there is a risk of isolated tornadoes, but that too is more likely on the eastern side of the storm.
The probability of winds in excess of 39 mph, or tropical storm force, continue to decrease. With the greatest chance over Acadiana and areas farther east. The strongest winds may be well displaced from the center of circulation and that is why the probability of significant wind is lower over Southwest Louisiana.
This is a great reminder that we are now in hurricane season and you should have a plan in place. Also you can now pick up our hurricane tracking charts at all area Popeyes restaurants.