The National Hurricane Center's (NHC) latest update on Tropical Storm Cristobal as of 04:00 (local time) on Sunday, June 7, has forecast the storm to make landfall near Grand Isle, Louisiana, later in the day. The latest update indicates the storm's position at approximately 27.3°N 90.1°W with reported maximum sustained winds of 80 kph (50 mph), moving north at 19 kph (12 mph). Conditions are expected to deteriorate along the entire Louisiana coast as well as coastal areas in Alabama, Mississippi, and the panhandle region of Florida. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm's arrival and has requested a similar order from the federal government. The NHC forecasts that between 10-20 cm (4-8 in) of rain could be produced by Cristobal with a storm surge of up to 1.2 m (4 ft) in certain areas. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for areas of Terrebonne, Plaquemines, and Lafourche Parishes.
After making landfall the storm is forecast to weaken as it continues to track north. However, rainfall is expected over the eastern and central Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley through Wednesday, June 10.
Flooding associated with the storm surge and rainfall is possible over low-lying coastal areas along the Gulf Coast in the coming days. Associated disruption to transport operations and utility services are also possible during the passing of the storm system.
Individuals present in the affected areas are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, anticipate localized flooding and associated transportation disruptions, plan alternate routes, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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