TS Cristobal gearing up after TS Amanda’s landfall in El Salvador

 In Event News

Amanda, the first tropical storm in the Eastern Pacific, battered El Salvador as it made landfall on Sunday with a wind speed of 40 mph. Heavy rains caused floods and mudslides that left at least 10 people dead. A 15-day state of emergency has been declared by the Salvadoran government.

Cristobal moving north across the Gulf of Mexico

The remnants of Amanda then formed into a tropical depression, which became Tropical Storm Cristobal on June 2, with a wind speed of 60 mph. Damaging and deadly flooding has already occurred in portions of Mexico and Central America. Cristobal is expected to produce additional extreme rainfall amounts through the end of the week. This rainfall could cause widespread life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Cristobal is expected to reach the US Gulf coast by late Sunday / early Monday, bringing the risk of storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts from Texas to the Florida Panhandle. It is too soon to determine the exact location, timing, and magnitude of these impacts.

It is the earliest third named storm of an Atlantic hurricane season on record.

Cristobal intensifying and heading north

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Tropical Storm Amanda

Tropical Storm Amanda hits El Salvador

  • 30th May – A tropical depression started building up near Guatemala with a wind speed of 30 mph. The depression intensified rapidly into a tropical storm and started moving north-eastwards with a wind speed of 40 mph. The tropical storm is expected to dissipate over the land.
  • 31st May – Tropical Storm Amanda made landfall on El Salvador on Sunday morning, causing severe damage to property and lives with heavy rain and floods. It weakened back to tropical depression status soon after landing and moved north.
  • 1st June – The rain is expected to continue through Monday. Emergency services are on high alert since a large number of rivers are in danger of overflowing. Developed from the remnants of Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Amanda, a broad area of low pressure is developing in the open Atlantic Ocean. It has an 80 percent chance of developing into a named storm(Cristobal) by this weekend.