Trop­i­cal Storm Cris­to­bal makes land­fall, pro­jected to head north

Orlando Sentinel - - Obituaries - By Richard Tri­bou

Trop­i­cal Storm Cris­to­bal spun up to 60 mph overnight be­fore mak­ing land­fall and los­ing a lit­tle steam in Mex­ico on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, but is ex­pected to ven­ture north into the Gulf of Mex­ico, re­gain strength and tar­get the Gulf Coast of the U.S. this week­end.

Re­ports from an Air Force Re­serve Unit Hur­ri­cane Hunter air­craft in­di­cated the storm made land­fall near Atasta, Mex­ico at 9:35 a.m. EDT, the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said. By 8 p.m., the NHC said the storm had weak­ened to sus­tained winds of 45 mph and higher gusts. It was lo­cated 20 miles south of Ci­u­dad del Car­men and was sta­tion­ary. Parts of Mex­ico and Cen­tral Amer­ica have al­ready seen heavy flood­ing with up to 25 inches of rain­fall.

Fore­cast­ers ex­pect the storm, which has trop­i­cal-storm-force winds ex­tend­ing out 60 miles from its cen­ter, to lose strength as its cen­ter crosses over land Thurs­day.

It has been slog­ging its way around the Bay of Cam­peche off the coast of Mex­ico since it be­came a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion on Mon­day. De­pend­ing on how far in­land it goes in the next day, the storm could weaken back into a de­pres­sion Thurs­day be­fore re­gain­ing strength Fri­day.

The storm is ex­pected to turn to the east and then be­gin a north-north­east to north move­ment on Thurs­day and Fri­day bring­ing it back out into the Gulf of Mex­ico, where it’s ex­pected to tar­get the south­ern U.S. by Sun­day night.

“Looks like it will threaten the Gulf Coast re­gion maybe just a lit­tle bit west of New Or­leans,” said FOX 35 me­te­o­rol­o­gist Jayme King.

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