Remnants of Cristobal to merge with another storm, wallop upper Midwest with rain, wind
Tropical Storm Cristobal brought storm surge and coastal flooding to roads to Waveland, Mississippi, on June 7. Accuweather
Cristobal is the storm that just won't quit.
The remnants of what was Tropical Storm Cristobal walloped portions of the Midwest on Tuesday, unleashing downpours and bringing gusty winds as more high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms were in the forecast.
What's left of Cristobal, now downgraded to a tropical depression, will merge with another weather system to become a powerhouse storm over the Great Lakes on Wednesday, forecasters said.
Heavy rain hit Missouri on Tuesday morning and Cristobal was expected to re-intensify later in the day as another “energetic” weather system approaches from the west and begins to interact with it, the National Weather Service said.
Wind gusts of up to 45 mph were expected in Chicago by Tuesday night, the weather service said. Boaters were being warned of gale-force winds on Lake Michigan on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Wind gusts may end up being stronger around the Great Lakes at midweek than they were along much of the Gulf coast this past weekend," Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather's top hurricane expert, said.
Tornadoes could also spin up in the Great Lakes region on Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center said, especially in portions of Ohio and Michigan.
The Weather Channel said that Cristobal is expected to be only the fourth Atlantic tropical cyclone remnant to move over Wisconsin in more than a century of records, according to the National Weather Service office in Milwaukee.
The last time the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane tracked into Wisconsin was Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988, which clipped the southeastern portion of the state in Lake Michigan.
If Cristobal remains a tropical depression when it crosses into Wisconsin, it would be the first tropical depression on record in the state, the weather service said.
According to the Capital Weather Gang, the unusual system could eventually become the farthest north and west tropical system on record, set to breeze into Canada while retaining some tropical and subtropical characteristics.
Cristobal weakened into a depression early Monday after inundating coastal Louisiana and ginning up dangerous weather along most of the U.S. Gulf Coast, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town and spawning a tornado in Florida.
Contributing: The Associated Press