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Trump Issues Federal Disaster Declaration After Cristobal Hits Louisiana, Weakens To A Tropical Depression

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Cristobal weakened to a tropical depression Monday morning after smashing into Louisiana and other parts of the southern United States Saturday, bringing with it 50-mile per hour winds and heavy rainfall.

President Donald Trump granted Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request for financial assistance to pay for the state’s disaster response. Edwards, a Democrat, declared a state of emergency Thursday ahead of the storm’s landfall, prompting many parishes to follow his lead.

“We are continuing to work with our federal partners on those parts of the request that have not been addressed,” Edwards wrote in a tweet Sunday night. “Our citizens have weathered many storms, and I’m certain that they will this time as well.”

Cristobal arrived Saturday afternoon, landing between the Mississippi River and the barrier island resort community of Grand Isle, which was later evacuated, media reports show.

The storm’s trajectory takes it inland through Louisiana and Mississippi on its way to Arkansas and eastern Missouri Monday night and Tuesday before reaching Wisconsin by Wednesday. The storm will continue to weaken through Tuesday, The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday.

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— Brantly Keiek (@BrantlyWx) June 7, 2020

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Up to 12 inches of rain could fall in some areas of the South, with storm surges up to 5 feet, according to some forecasts. The weather service warned that the rain would contribute to rivers flooding on the central Gulf Coast and up into the Mississippi Valley.

“It’s very efficient, very tropical rainfall,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said in a Facebook video. “It rains a whole bunch real quick.”

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