"Multiple pumps have been placed and are now operational in Grand Isle, as crews battle surge and flooding impacts" from Tropical Storm Cristobal, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority reports. Photo: Louisiana CPRA/Twitter.

Cristobal weakened to a tropical depression as the center of the storm moved inland on Monday morning. But the National Hurricane Center warns there remains a "life-threatening storm surge" danger for parts of Mississippi and Louisiana.

What's happening: A flood-watch was in effect for Louisiana amid heavy rain forecast by the National Weather Service, as the storm moved 40 miles north of Baton Rouge, packing maximum sustained winds of 35mph on Monday morning.

The big picture: Per KATC, Louisiana authorities issued evacuation orders for several parishes ahead of Cristobal making landfall as a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon, packing sustained winds of 50 mph.

Background: Per the NHC, Cristobal formed last Wednesday off the southeast coast of Mexico.

  • The storm weakened to a tropical depression over Gulf coastal land in Mexico last Thursday morning.
  • It strengthened into a tropical storm again as it moved over the southern Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday.
  • Cristobal's system spawned at least one tornado in Orlando, Florida, where an EF-1 rated twister struck on Saturday with winds of over 100 mph.

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Scientists say deforestation could worsen pandemic

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Scientists say accelerating deforestation could lead to increased human contact with pandemic diseases, and could also worsen the current coronavirus pandemic, NPR reports.

What's happening: Money and resources for monitoring tropical forests in Southeast Asia, Africa and South America have been transferred to help fight the pandemic, turning a blind eye toward illegal deforestation activities like logging and mining.

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

The U.S. reported for the first time on Wednesday over 50,000 novel coronavirus cases in 24 hours, but the total could be as high as 400,000 to 500,000 undiagnosed cases per day, former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb said.

The big picture: Health experts including NIAD director Anthony Fauci and those from the CDC say coronavirus cases have been undercounted in the U.S. considering the virus has a wide-ranging effect on various populations.

Updated Jun 24, 2020 - Politics & Policy

States fight childhood hunger amid coronavirus pandemic

Billy Shore, CEO of the No Kid Hungry Campaign, and Rhonda Jackson, Louisiana Director of the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Photo: Axios Screenshot

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated childhood hunger among many families for the first time, Rhonda Jackson, director of the No Kid Hungry Campaign in Louisiana, said Wednesday at an Axios virtual event.

What she's saying: "Louisiana was one in four children that faced childhood hunger. Now the rest of the country looks like that. And what that looks like in real-time is parents having to make the decision if they’re going to actually feed a kid or if they’re going to have to perhaps buy medicine."