Miami, Fl. (Florida News Network)-At 800 PM Tuesday, the center of Tropical Storm Cristobal was located near latitude 19.1 North, longitude 92.3 West, about 50 miles northwest of Ciudad Del Carmen.
Cristobal is meandering generally southward near 3 mph, and a turn toward the southeast and east is expected tonight and Wednesday,followed by a turn toward the north-northeast and north on Thursday night and Friday.
On the forecast track, the center will cross the southern Bay of Campeche coast on Wednesday and move inland over eastern Mexico Wednesday night and Thursday, and move back over the Bay of Campeche Thursday night and Friday.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance plane and surface observations indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 mph with higher gusts. Some additional increase in strength is possible until the center crosses the coast. Gradual weakening is forecast while the center remains inland, but restrengthening is expected after Cristobal moves back over water Thursday night and Friday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 85 miles from the center. An automated weather station on a Mexican offshore platform recently measured a sustained wind of 48 mph with a gust to 62 mph.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches).
Graphic credit: National Hurricane Center