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Cristobal: Tropical storm warning in effect

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Baldwin central and coastal; Escambia coastal; George; Mobile central, coastal and inland; Okaloosa coastal; Santa Rosa coastal; and Stone counties, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the NWS, Tropical Storm Cristobal is continuing its path northward across the south-central Gulf of Mexico.

The forecast indicates that the storm will approach the southeast Louisiana coast Sunday night, and then move northwestward across Louisiana on Monday.

Tropical Storm Force winds will be possible along the coastal sections of Alabama, portions of interior southeast Mississippi, and portions of the western Florida Panhandle from late Saturday night through early Monday morning. Coastal Flooding is possible along coastal Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle with inundation of 1 to 3 feet Sunday through Monday afternoon, especially around the time of high tide. This also includes all area bays and sounds. High Surf is likely with breaker heights of 9 to 13 feet developing Saturday and continuing through Monday morning. Rainfall amounts between 3 and 6 inches are expected along and south of the Interstate 10 corridor, with isolated higher amounts up to 10 inches possible, especially across southern portions of Mobile and Baldwin counties and inland sections of southeast Mississippi. This may lead to flash flooding, especially in poor drainage and urban areas. A few tornadoes will also be possible from Sunday through Monday morning along and south of Interstate 10, including coastal Alabama and coastal portions of the western Florida Panhandle. Prepare now for potentially damaging winds, minor coastal flooding, strong rip currents, periods of heavy rainfall, and a few tornadoes across locations within the Tropical Storm Warning area.