High winds, rain as tropical storm makes Louisiana landfall

Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall on Sunday on the Louisiana coast, packing 80.5 km/h (50 mph) winds and spinning dangerous weather as far east as northern Florida, where it spawned a tornado that uprooted trees and downed power lines, SIA reports AP.

The lopsided storm moved ashore between the mouth of the Mississippi River and the barrier island resort community of Grand Isle, which had been evacuated a day earlier.

Forecasters said the storm could dump as much as 30 centimetres of rain in some areas. In New Orleans, the question was how much rain would fall and whether there would be enough breaks in the bands of heavy weather for the city's ageing pumping system to keep the streets free of floodwaters.

Residents of waterside communities outside the New Orleans levee system – bounded by lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne – were urged to evacuate Sunday afternoon because of the threat of an expected storm surge.

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