Tropical Storm warnings in effect from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle

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Tropical Storm Cristobal is on track to hit the Gulf Coast.

Tropical storm and storm surge warnings are in effect from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle as Cristobal heads north across the Gulf of Mexico.

This morning, the storm is packing 45-mile-per-hour sustained winds as it crawls toward the coast.  

Forecasters predict Cristobal will make landfall in central Louisiana late Sunday or early Monday.  

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released a statement saying he expects widespread, heavy rainfall and coastal flooding, and anticipates the need for emergency protective measures, evacuations and sheltering in high-risk areas.  

Because of the size of the storm, Cristobal is expected to impact the coast long before it makes landfall.

Heavy winds from Cristobal could have sustained gusts of 60-miles-per-hour, reaching up to 80-miles-per-hour in central Louisiana.  

Storm surge of 3-to-6 feet is expected in Lousiana and on the Mississippi coast, and 1-to-3 feet in Alabama and along Florida's gulf coast.  

In the week ahead, Cristobal will push northward into Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois.