Cristobal bringing heavy rains, high winds

By ALAN SMASON

Tropical Storm Cristobal continued to make its way through the Gulf of Mexico, becoming better organized, but not strengthening significantly. As of late Saturday night, the center of the storm was located about 210 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Tropical Storm Cristobal heading for the Louisiana shoreline. (Weather.com)

With dry air wrapping around it to the west and gulf temperatures hovering around 77-78 degrees Farenheit, forecasters say the potential threat to the New Orleans area is heavy rain and a storm surge of 3-5 feet that could push a significant amount of water onshore.

Landfall is predicted for 7 p.m. Sunday at Galiano in Lafourche Parish, which would put New Orleans on the “wet” side of the storm and the most dangerous area for possibly spinning off tornadoes. Experts say the city could see as much as 6-10 inches of rain over the course of the next 36 hours.

New Orleans has been under a Tropical Storm Warning since yesterday that extends from Louisiana to Walton County, Florida.

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