Cristobal heads north this weekend: how it will affect Alabama

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Tropical Depression Cristobal becomes a “Tropical Storm” again Friday night or early Saturday and heads north to Louisiana on Sunday. The east side of the storm is almost always the biggest and most impactful; that’s why we expect a windy, stormy setup along the Alabama and Northwest Florida Gulf Coast for the weekend.

So what can you expect on the coast?

  • Around 2-6″ of rain from Friday to Monday
  • Strong, persistent east-southeast wind up to 40 MPH on the immediate coast in Mobile County and Baldwin County (lesser gusts east of there into Florida)
  • A high risk of rip currents
  • Minor coastal flooding

If you are beach-bound, your Live Alert 19 app works there, too! You’ll see the latest forecast for your location and get any weather alerts required for that area with the same app you use at home.

Cristobal won’t have a huge impact in North Alabama and Tennessee this weekend; in fact, it’s the indirect effect of ‘subsidence’ (sinking air) around the outside of the storm that dries us out significantly for Saturday and Sunday.

It will be hot enough and humid enough for a chance of a brief shower or storm, but we do not expect widespread storms again until the remnant low moves north-northeast across the eastern United States early next week.

Looking for the rest of the forecast? It’s always online at and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

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