FIRST ALERT: Cristobal weakens to a tropical depression

FIRST ALERT: Cristobal weakens to a tropical depression
Here's the latest as Cristobal weakens this morning. (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Cristobal has weakened to a tropical depression.

At 5 AM , the center of Tropical Depression Cristobal was located near latitude 31.0 North, longitude 91.2 West.

Here's the latest as Cristobal weakens this morning.
Here's the latest as Cristobal weakens this morning. (Source: WMBF)

The depression is moving toward the north-northwest near 10 mph and this motion should continue with some increase in forward speed today. A turn toward the north is expected tonight, followed by a north-northeast motion and a faster forward speed Tuesday through Wednesday.

On the forecast track, the center of Cristobal should move through southwestern Mississippi and northeastern Louisiana today, through Arkansas and eastern Missouri tonight and Tuesday, and reach Wisconsin and the western Great Lakes by Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is expected through Tuesday.

However, Cristobal is expected to strengthen some as it becomes an extratropical low Tuesday night and Wednesday. The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations is 994 mb.

Despite Cristobal weakening to a depression this morning, heavy rainfall and storm surge will continue from southeastern Louisiana and into the Florida panhandle.

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