Miami,Fl.(Florida News Network)-At 5:00 pm the center of Tropical Storm Cristobal was located near latitude 18.3 North, longitude 91.8 West, about 20 miles south of Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico. Cristobal is moving toward the southeast near 3 mph, and a turn toward the east is expected by tonight. A turn toward the north-northeast and north is expected on Thursday and Friday.
On the forecast track, the center will move over the land mass of eastern Mexico through Thursday. The center is forecast to move back over the southern Gulf of Mexico by Friday, and over the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Slow weakening will occur while the cyclone moves over land, and Cristobal will likely become a tropical depression by Thursday evening. Some re-strengthening is expected to begin on Friday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches).
Graphic credit:National Hurricane Center