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Cristobal Makes Landfall, Weakens To Tropical Depression As It Moves Through Louisiana

Cristobal is expected to hit Arkansas and Mississippi Monday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall in southeast Louisiana late Sunday afternoon, before weakening to a tropical depression. The effects of the storm were fairly routine and the threat of storm surge along the Gulf coast has been discontinued according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 7 a.m., Cristobal’s low pressure center was about 50 miles southeast of Monroe, Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center. Cristobal is currently heading northwest at 10 mph and is expected to head to Arkansas and Missouri between Monday afternoon and Tuesday followed by Wisconsin on Tuesday night and into Canada by Wednesday.

The storm made landfall near Grand Isle around 5 p.m. Areas outside levee protection saw several feet of storm surge. Several feet of water covered streets in places like Grand Isle, Biloxi, Mississippi, and the New Orleans lakefront. At its peak, more than 10,000 people lost power across the region.  

Coastal flood advisories are in place for parts of coastal Louisiana and Mississippi — from the mouth of the Mississippi River eastward to the Mississippi Coast.

Inside the levee system, the storm passed much like a regular rainstorm. The New Orleans area experienced off-and-on rain with some pockets of gusty wind. Coastal Mississippi saw the heaviest rains, receiving between 5 and 8 inches.

According to the National Weather Service the threat of heavy rainfall has not gone away. Some areas could still see flash flooding — especially along rivers and streams.

About 1,000 Entergy customers are still without power in South Louisiana, including East Baton Rouge. About 500 Cleco customers are without power on the Northshore.

The NHC will issue its next update at Next complete advisory at 10 a.m.

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and local listeners.

As Coastal Reporter, Travis Lux covers flood protection, coastal restoration, infrastructure, the energy and seafood industries, and the environment. In this role he's reported on everything from pipeline protests in the Atchafalaya swamp, to how shrimpers cope with low prices. He had a big hand in producing the series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?, which examined how prepared New Orleans is for a future with more extreme weather. In 2017, Travis co-produced two episodes of TriPod: New Orleans at 300 examining New Orleans' historic efforts at flood protection. One episode, NOLA vs Nature: The Other Biggest Flood in New Orleans History, was recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors and the New Orleans Press Club. His stories often find a wider audience on national programs, too, like NPR's Morning Edition, WBUR's Here and Now, and WHYY's The Pulse.
Aubri Juhasz is the education reporter for New Orleans Public Radio. Before coming to New Orleans, she was a producer for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She helped lead the show's technology and book coverage and reported her own feature stories, including the surge in cycling deaths in New York City and the decision by some states to offer competitive video gaming to high school students as an extracurricular activity.

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