Cristobal forms in the Gulf, bringing increased chances of rain to Central Florida just as hurricane season begins


  • Photo courtesy NOAA

The 2020 Hurricane Season started yesterday, and we already have our third named storm.

Tropical Storm Cristobal formed this afternoon, according to a Tuesday outlook from the National Hurricane Center, the system is headed north while moving at a near standstill on the Western coast of the Gulf of Mexico, where a tropical storm warning is in effect. The storm has already caused deadly flooding in parts of El Salvador and Guatemala.

Forecasters with the NHS say it’s too soon to know the exact landfall and how Cristobal will impact the U.S. Gulf coast, but it is expected to usher in increased chances of rain in Tampa Bay over the weekend.

Cristobal is now the 2020 Hurricane season’s third named storm, joining Tropical Storm Arthur and Tropical Storm Bertha.

Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted an “above-normal” 2020 Hurricane Season, with 13-19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes.
  • Photo courtesy NHS

This story originally appeared in our sister paper Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

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