Tropical Storm Cristobal weakened into a depression early Monday after inundating coastal Louisiana and ginning up dangerous weather along most of the U.S. Gulf Coast, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town and spawning a tornado in Florida.
Heavy rainfall and a storm surge continued posing a threat across a wide area of the coast after Cristobal made landfall Sunday afternoon packing 50-mph (85-kph) winds between the mouth of the Mississippi River and the since-evacuated barrier island resort community of Grand Isle.
Nate, the hurricane that barreled into the U.S. coast along the Gulf of Mexico, weakened into a tropical depression on Sunday as it moved inland across the southern part of the country. The storm came ashore Saturday packing sustained winds of 140 kilometers an hour, but steadily diminished in strength…
Here’s how these huge storms form. Hurricane Irma near Cuba on September 8, 2017. NOAA/CIRA What makes a hurricane tick? Whether it’s a disheveled tropical depression or a picture-perfect category five swirling across the ocean like a buzzsaw, every tropical cyclone that forms on Earth has the same basic structure.…