BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Intracoastal City, Louisiana east to the Okaloosa/Walton County line in Florida. At last check, the center of Tropical Storm Cristobal was locate about 235 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Maximum sustained winds were 50 mph, with higher gusts. These tropical storm force winds extend up to 240 miles from the center of circulation. Impacts will be felt along coastal areas of Alabama starting tonight. These impacts will include the threats of coastal flooding, dangerous surf, and isolated tornadoes.
Cristobal is expected to make landfall in Louisiana tomorrow night.
LOCAL IMPACTS: Most of our area will remain dry overnight with a partly to mostly cloudy sky, light breeze, and lows in the 70s. Tomorrow will be a partly sunny day with highs near 90. Scattered showers and storms will be possible, with development most likely in areas to the south and southwest. After Cristobal makes landfall tomorrow night, winds will start to increase with gusts possibly topping 25 mph over west Alabama Monday morning. Rain will be likely over west Alabama Monday morning and this will spread further east later in the day, with the possibility of a few storms. We will need to closely monitor for the possibility of an isolated tornado. The remnants of the system will be picked up by a trough and move east on Tuesday. This will bring another good chance of rain area-wide.
Keep in mind - our current forecast is based on the forecast track for Cristobal and any eastward adjustment in the forecast track could have an impact on our local forecast. So be sure to check-in for updates and for the latest advisories. You can also find the latest tropical forecast tracks and advisories on the WBRC First Alert Weather app. You can download our app for free by searching WBRC in your app store.
LATE WEEK: Much drier air will start to settle into the state on Wednesday so the chance for rain will gradually end from northwest to southeast, with sunshine returning. Highs will be in the 80s for most of the week but you will notice a less muggy feel by Wednesday afternoon, with a more comfortable evening as temperatures tumble into the 70s. Dry weather will be the story for Thursday and Friday, with lots of sunshine. In fact, a secondary surge of cool/dry air will arrive by the end of the week and this will set the stage for a very comfortable weekend. There is a good chance high temperatures will remain in the 70s for next Saturday, with lows at night in the 50s. Quite the cool down for the second weekend of June!