Tropical Storm Cristobal could soon renew its strength by uniting with another storm system currently moving in from the west to form one giant cyclone, forecasters say.
Cristobal, which made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday evening, is expected to bring fierce winds, having rain, and thunderstorms to much of the Midwest throughout today.
Tropical Storm Cristobal could soon renew its strength by uniting with another storm system, forecasters say[/caption]
The storm battered the southern coast of the US in recent days[/caption]
Neighbours survey damage to houses in Florida [/caption]
It is then set to meet a strong storm system sweeping out from the Rocky Mountains in the coming days.
“The two will eventually merge into a large cyclone,” said Greg Carbin, who oversees forecasts at the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.
“It’s a pretty fascinating interaction we’ll see over the next couple of days.”
The news comes after Cristobal weakened into a tropical depression early on Monday.
It is now expected to move through Arkansas and Missouri today and then on to Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Great Lakes.
“It’s very efficient, very tropical rainfall,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said in a Facebook video.
“It rains a whole bunch real quick.”
The National Weather Service said that Chicago will see wind gusts of up to 45mph tonight, while boaters are being warned of gale-forced winds on nearby Lake Michigan today and tomorrow.
There is also a risk of wildfires when the winds meet areas of low humidity in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.
‘COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE’
Other areas could see up to 15 inches of rain, which could in turn cause significant flooding across the mid and upper Mississippi Valley, the National Hurricane Center said.
Local media have already reported stalled cars and trucks as flood waters spilled onto highways, and emergency workers are reported to have had to help dozens of stranded motorists.
Authorities said two boaters were yesterday found after their boat sank in a deepwater straight near Slidell, Louisiana on Sunday.
The two survived by clinging onto one life jacket through Sunday afternoon and night before being able to reach the shore on Monday.
President Donald Trump agreed to issue an emergency declaration for Louisiana before Cristobal landed.
Speaking after the storm began to ease, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said: “[It] could have been a lot worse, I’m very thankful to say.
“We were largely spared.”
The outer bands of Cristobal also created a number of tornadoes in Florida that uprooted trees and downed power lines, though there were no reports of injuries.
Cristobal formed from the remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda, the first named storm of the Pacific Basin hurricane season, which killed 26 people and forced 8,000 to evacuate in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala last week.
Residents stand in a home whose roof was torn off by a tornado in Florida[/caption]
A man stands outside his flood home in New Orleans[/caption]
A group stands in strong winds on the southern coast on Sunday[/caption]
The storm has currently been downgraded to a depression[/caption]