Tropical Storm Cristobal Hits Louisiana, Mississippi Coasts
June 7, 20204:02 PM ET
A woman walks her dog through the French Quarter in New Orleans as Tropical Storm Cristobal reaches the U.S., on Sunday.Sean Gardner/Getty Images
Tropical Storm Cristobal has reached the southeastern United States, bringing heavy rains and sustained winds of up to 50 mph.
Storm surge warnings have been issued for the southeast coast of Louisiana as well as the Mississippi coast for Sunday.
Cristobal is the third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. If the storm maintains its current track, Mississippi could be the state hardest hit, according to Gavin Phillips, a forecaster with the National Weather Service New Orleans.
“The biggest populated area that’s going to be most affected is the Mississippi coast,” Phillips said.
New Orleans and the areas to its immediate east should see the most rainfall, according to Phillips. Those areas should expect 7 to 10 inches of rain, he said. Areas to the west should only expect a few inches of rain, said Phillips, adding that he expects the city of New Orleans to remain safe.
On the Mississippi coast, reporters at the Biloxi Sun Herald have documented high water levels this morning and afternoon.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Friday ahead of the tropical storm and some communities in Mississippi and Louisiana have been ordered to evacuate.