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Tropical Storm Cristobal was forecast to weaken to a tropical depression on Thursday, though it will likely re-intensify during its journey north into the Gulf of Mexico and toward the coast of southeast Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
As of 7 a.m., the center of the storm was located over southern Mexico. The storm’s center is expected to move back over the southern Gulf of Mexico Friday or Friday night, the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday and then approach the U.S. coast Sunday and Sunday night, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to weaken to a tropical depression Thursday morning and then gather strength again on Friday.
The National Weather Service’s office for Houston/Galveston said it’s too early to determine if this storm will affect southeast Texas.