Cristobal strengthens to tropical storm again

WSAV Hurricane Central

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Cristobal strengthened to become a tropical storm again on Friday as it moves back toward the Gulf of Mexico. Storm surge and tropical storm watches have been issued along parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast as it heads toward the coast.

Cristobal is still over Mexico, about 60 miles southeast of Merida, but is moving north at about 12 mph. The National Hurricane Center says Cristobal will likely move back over the southern Gulf of Mexico by Friday evening and then continue moving north over the Gulf throughout the weekend.

As of 1 p.m. Friday, Cristobal strengthened to reach tropical storm force once again. Maximum sustained winds are at 40 mph.

According to the NHC, there’s an increasing risk that tropical-storm-force winds will be felt along parts of the Gulf Coast – from Intracoastal City, Louisiana to the Florida/Alabama border – starting Sunday morning. A tropical storm watch has been issued for that area.

Storm surge is also a concern as the system heads back toward the water. The NHC says heavy rain will spread onto parts of the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida over the weekend and into the beginning of next week.

For now, Cristobal is no threat to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

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