Cristobal: The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Cristobal is forecast to start moving northward across the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, bringing with it a risk of storm surge, heavy rainfall, and wind impacts beginning over the weekend along portions Gulf Coast from Texas to the Florida Panhandle. The Hurricane Center says it is too early to tell the exact location, timing or magnitude of this storm or its potential impacts on the Gulf Coast. Experts say now is the time to prepare for a Hurricane or other tropical weather. If you will need assistance during a Hurricane, be sure to register with the state's 211 assistance system. Do that by dialing 211 from your cell phone or landline and provide them with the info on the help you may need. If you registered with 211 last year, you still need to register this year. Emergency management people also urge that everyone should prepare an emergency supply kit with non-perishable food supplies, water, medication, battery-powered, or hand-crank emergency radios. Everyone will also need a first aid kit, flashlight, among other items, for a full list of supplies needed during a disaster visit ready.gov. You can stay up to date with Cristobal on KSHN using the Simple Radio app, KSHN.COM website or on our Facebook page.