Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall late evening (local time) on Sunday, June 7, bringing high winds and heavy rain to large portions of southeast Louisiana, as well as coastal areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and portions of the Florida panhandle. President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for Louisiana as many low-lying areas have been flooded after more than 30.5 cm (12 in) of rain fell in isolated areas. The declaration means that the state is eligible to receive federal aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in recovery and cleanup efforts. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports as of 04:00 on Monday, June 8, that Cristobal is located 56 km (35 mi) north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The storm has been downgraded to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 56 kph (35 mph) and is moving north-northwest at 16 kph (10 mph).
Heavy rainfall and associated flooding is expected over the upcoming days as the storm moves up the Mississippi Valley into portions of the Midwest.
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.
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