Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall in southeast Louisiana

Strikes 550 miles from Jacksonville yet rain dumps heaviest over Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The center of Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall in southeast Louisiana early Sunday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of 6:10 p.m., Cristobal was moving north at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

According to the NHC, hazardous weather conditions will continue to spread inland across portions of the northern Gulf Coast through Sunday night.

The tropical storm has unlashed heavy rain far from the center of landfall with Florid taking the brunt of excessive rainfall. Areas around Jacksonville picked up 8 inches of rain as moist tropical air flowed up the storms eastern side.

The west gulf coast counties in Florida soaked up 5-10 inches of rain around Tampa Bay since Friday evening.

The storm will weaken over Arkansas Monday with the remnants moving northward into the Great Lakes region by midweek.

It leaves behind soupy air which will be conductive for additional heavy rain Monday during afternoon storms throughout the greater Jacksonville area.

After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in Mexico’s Gulf coast, Cristobal headed back into the Gulf from the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday and powered back up into a tropical storm.

Cristobal sets a record for the earliest occurrence of three named tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin.

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