Cristobal has made a turn and is now headed north into the Gulf of Mexico. It is a weak tropical storm, but will strengthen as it heads towards the US though the weekend.
It is highly likely that Cristobal will reach the United States by Sunday evening or night, making landfall west of New Orleans along the Louisiana coast. At this point, it looks like Cristobal will be a tropical storm with winds near 60 mph when it makes landfall. Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how much it strengthens over the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.
Cristobal will be a big rain-maker for the Gulf Coast. This is not the weekend to head to the Florida coast. Showers are likely Saturday, and periodic heavy downpours with a gusty breeze are ahead for Sunday. The remnants of Cristobal will likely bring some showers to north Georgia in the Tuesday-Wednesday time frame. By that point, the storm will have little wind left, and the showers may not even be torrential in our area. Most computer models are predicting less than an inch of rain in north Georgia when the remnants pass by.