Local Statement for Cristobal (Lake Charles, LA)

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Tropical Depression Cristobal Local Statement Advisory Number 16
National Weather Service Lake Charles LA  AL032020
1038 AM CDT Fri Jun 5 2020

This product covers SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS

**Tropical Storm Watches Issued For Portions Of The South Central 
Louisiana Coast**


NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Iberia, Lower St. 
      Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Iberia, Lower St. 
      Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 690 miles south-southeast of Intracoastal City LA or 
      about 670 miles south of Morgan City LA
    - 20.0N 89.9W
    - Storm Intensity 35 mph
    - Movement North or 360 degrees at 12 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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As of 10 AM CDT, the center of Tropical Depression Cristobal was
located near latitude 20.0 North, longitude 89.9 West. The depression
is moving toward the north near 12 mph, and this general motion is
expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast
track, the center will move back over the southern Gulf of Mexico
this evening, over the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, and be
near the northern Gulf of Mexico coast Sunday evening.

Tropical storm conditions are possible within the Tropical Storm
Watch area beginning early Sunday. 

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* FLOODING RAIN:
Prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant 
impacts across south central Louisiana. Potential impacts 
include:
    - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and 
      rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter 
      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially 
      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and 
      ditches overflow.
    - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. 
      Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid 
      inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage 
      areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as 
      storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions 
      become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.

Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible 
limited impacts across southwest and central Louisiana.

* SURGE:
Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts 
across lower south central Louisiana. Potential impacts in this area 
include:
    - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along 
      immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas 
      farther inland along rivers and bayous that drain into the Gulf.
    - Sections of roads and parking lots near bodies of water may 
      become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions 
      dangerous in places where surge water covers the road.
    - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly 
      in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.
    - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, and piers. 
      A few small craft broken away from moorings.

Elsewhere across SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS, little to 
no impact is anticipated.

* WIND:
Prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across 
south central Louisiana. Potential impacts in this area include:
    - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored 
      mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
    - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or 
      uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are 
      shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban 
      or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on 
      bridges and other elevated roadways.
    - Scattered power and communications outages.

Elsewhere across SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS, little to 
no impact is anticipated.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:

WATCH/WARNING PHASE - Listen to local official for recommended 
preparedness actions, including possible evacuation. If ordered to 
evacuate, do so immediately. 

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies 
kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your 
home or business.

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the 
exact forecast track since hazards such as flooding rain, damaging 
wind gusts, storm surge, and tornadoes extend well away from the 
center of the storm. 

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather Radio and local news 
outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes 
to the forecast.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather 
Service in Lake Charles LA around 5 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions 
warrant.

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