A tropical storm hitting the state of Iowa? What is left of Tropical Storm Cristobal will actually affect the Hawkeye state by Tuesday with areas of locally heavy rain. CBS2 reports that it will mark just the second time in history that a tropical storm will track up and through the state of Iowa.

As of Monday morning,  Phys.org reported that Cristobal was packing sustained wind gusts of around 50 miles per hour as it made landfall in Louisiana. The U.S. Hurricane Center expects the system to be downgraded to a tropical depression in the coming hours. Still, Cristobal is expected to drop over 15 inches of rain along coastal areas of the southern United States. An emergency declaration for Louisianna seems imminent. So when will this storm system start to affect Iowa?


The storm will continue to track towards the Midwest and bring rain chances to Iowa Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. CBS2 reports that rain totals with the storm system could be near 3 inches in the Cedar Rapids area, with lesser totals of 1 to 2 inches off to the east. Areas of localized flooding will be possible with this storm, so remember if you see standing water, don't drive through it. Stop and turn around.

Tropical Storm Cristobal is the third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. This is the earliest in the season that we've ever had three named storms. The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.

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