Cristobal slows as it hits Louisiana, bringing rain and high winds

Tropical Storm Cristobal slowed its advance through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday June 7th, causing a coastal storm surge, high winds and rain in southeast Louisiana before making landfall.

However, oil rigs in the Gulf escaped unscathed and there was no significant impact on shipping.

The storm was about 30 miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, at 13:00 local time on Sunday and moving at north at about 5mph. It dropped up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain in some areas.

Oil companies had evacuated 188 Gulf of Mexico offshore facilities and shut-in some 635,000bpd of oil and 878m cubic feet per day of natural gas output, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

The nine Louisiana oil refineries in the path of Cristobal apparently planned to keep operating.