Tropical storm could bring heavy rain to Northwoods
MADISON – According to the National Weather Service, forecast models show the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal moving north across the central U.S. towards the western Great Lakes, taking the center right through Wisconsin. Only three tropical systems have tracked across Wisconsin since records of tropical storms began in 1851. These occurred in 1900, 1949, and 1988. On June 9, Wisconsin is expected to see the fourth tropical system track across the state.
The combination of tropical moisture from the south, and another system approaching from the west, will likely bring a total of 1.5 to 4 inches of rain to areas of the state from late Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night. The heaviest and most widespread rain is expected to occur Tuesday evening and Tuesday night. This could result in some flooding of area roads, rivers, and streams. Thunderstorms and strong winds are also possible at times as these systems impact Wisconsin.
The storm will affect the region late Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning, with widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches, and possible higher amounts.
The fast movement of the system should prevent widespread flooding from occurring, but high rainfall rates during a short period of time may cause urban and small stream flooding Tuesday night.
Additional pockets of heavy rainfall may occur with a second low pressure system Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. Another half inch to an inch of rain may occur, and result in rising water levels on rivers and streams through the end of the work week.
Residents should be prepared for periods of heavy rainfall through the midweek period. Localized urban and small stream flooding may occur, especially Tuesday night.
With a potential for significant rainfall, plan accordingly for the operation of your dam as well as for flooding in low-lying areas. View anticipated effects of Tropical Storm Cristobal in your area:
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