The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal will plow through the Midwest beginning Tuesday morning into Wednesday. The National Weather Service in Des Moines says:

"portions of eastern Iowa are at greatest risk for flooding due to heavier rain. In these areas 2-3 inches of rain or more could cause flash flooding and flooding on area rivers."

Cristobal made landfall in n Louisiana on Sunday evening and is now moving inland with maximum sustained winds of 50 MPH. As it moves north it will bring lots of rain and gusty winds to affected areas.

There is currently Flash Food Watches extending from Central Wisconsin all the way to the Gulf of Mexico:

flood watches

Is this rare for Iowa to be hit by a Tropical Storm? Extremely.  The only other time is happened was on September 11, 1900:

The National Hurricane Center said that the Galveston Hurricane of 1900:

By the time the storm reached the Texas coast south of Galveston late on September 8, it was a Category 4 hurricane. After landfall, the cyclone turned northward through the Great Plains. It became extratropical and turned east-northeastward on September 11, passing across the Great Lakes, New England, and southeastern Canada. It was last spotted over the north Atlantic on September 15.

1900 hurricane

Many Tropical storms have come close to hitting Iowa, but all but the 1900 storm went east, just before reaching the Hawkeye State. See a map of those storms HERE.


Credit: NWS Des Moines via Twitter

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