By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON –Sunday, 8 am June 7, 2019
…Impacts to Tropical Storm Cristobal are expected to be confined to southwest Alabama…
At 4 am, Cristobal was about 260 miles south-southwest of Mobile and will make landfall in southeast LA late this afternoon or early this evening with sustained winds of 50 mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Mobile and Baldwin counties. For these counties, winds will increase throughout the morning to 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 55 mph. Farther inland, in the southwest sections of the state, winds will be 15-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Winds will begin to subside Monday morning near the coast to 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.
Coastal flooding of 2-3 feet above ground level is likely today into early Monday in typical flood prone areas and northern Mobile Bay. Locations at greatest risk include the west end of Dauphin Island, US Hwy 90 Causeway, immediate shores of rivers that feed into Mobile Bay, and low-lying coastal roads such as Hwy 193 Causeway and Shell Belt Road in Bayou La Batre/Coden. Dangerous rip currents will continue through Tuesday.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 6 pm Monday for Washington, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile and Baldwin counties. 3-6 inches of rain is expected through Monday evening with the potential of up to 10 inches in spots. Generally 1-3 inches are forecast elsewhere across western and southern AL.
A few tornadoes are possible today and tonight in the southwest sections of the state. Make sure you have at least two methods to receive warnings that do not include outdoor warning sirens.
To keep up with the latest weather conditions, watches and warnings, go to https://weather.gov and click on the area of the state you live. You will be directed to the National Weather Service (NWS) office that serves you and they will provide specific forecast, impact and safety information.