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Gulf Coast storm will dump heavy rain across Iowa, rare phenomenon

Des Moines, Iowa – Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal are expected to reach Iowa this morning, bringing heavy rain and potential flash flooding. Meteorologist Brooke Hagenhoff, at the National Weather Service, says those big named storms over the Gulf of Mexico usually break up before they reach Iowa, but this one should remain a post-tropical depression, which is very uncommon.

The storm’s arrival will mean the end of the hot and humid weather in Iowa, funneling in much cooler temperatures and the potential for multiple heavy downpours between through tonight.

The storm is expected to drop anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain with isolated amounts of 6+ inches likely across the area. For the latest weather updates, go to Weather.gov/LaCrosse.

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