Tropical Depression Cristobal Expected to Bring Flooding and Strong Winds in the Midwest

Kelly Allen
Photo credit: Lisa Maree Williams - Getty Images
Photo credit: Lisa Maree Williams - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

Those in the Midwest might want to consider staying inside tonight, because Tropical Depression Cristobal is expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and potentially isolated tornadoes.

The Weather Channel reports that the tropical weather system is moving inland. It will spread rain and thunderstorms on Tuesday night in areas including parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, eastern Iowa and Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Parts of Missouri and Nebraska are under flood watch. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center reports that the system will produce a total rainfall of 2 to 4 inches (locally, 6 inches) from Arkansas to the western Great Lakes through Wednesday morning.

Wind advisories are expected with gusts up to 45 mph possible in areas of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, and Indiana. Gusts may reach up to 60 mph along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, the company reports. A separate area with severe weather potential includes northeastern Kansas, southeastern Nebraska, southwestern Iowa, and northwestern Missouri, where there could be big hail, damaging winds, and a tornado threat.

On June 2, Cristobal became the earliest-in-season third named Atlantic storm, which broke the record set by Tropical Storm Colin on June 5, 2016. It also will be the fourth Atlantic tropical cyclone remnant to move across Wisconsin in more than a century, according to the National Weather Service in Milwaukee.

If you live in the Midwest or are currently visiting, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on the weather tonight. Stay inside, have a movie night, cook up some food, and stay safe!

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