Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal hit Wisconsin, thousands lose power

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The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal arrived in southern Wisconsin right on time Tuesday afternoon packing gusty winds, a succession of rainstorms that seemed to come down in sheets at times and knocking out power to thousands.

As of 10 p.m. more than 6,200 We Energies customers in southeastern Wisconsin were without power. Outages were scattered throughout the area, according to the We Energies outage map.

Many of the outages were likely from trees and branches hitting power lines.

Rainfall totals were forecast for 2 to 3 inches or more west of Madison in the Wisconsin Dells area and the western and southwestern parts of the state. Rainfall in metro Milwaukee was forecast at half an inch to an inch.

A wind advisory for the eastern half of Wisconsin was in effect until midnight. The advisory was issued by the National Weather Service in Sullivan because of winds out of the southeast at 20 to 25 mph and gusts up to 45 mph.

A flash flood watch is in effect until Wednesday morning in most Wisconsin counties along the Mississippi River.

Less rain was falling in the eastern side of the state, though there were higher winds and the possibility of severe weather including thunderstorms and tornadoes. That’s because structured bands of precipitation wrapping around the tropical storm that could create storms in southeastern Wisconsin, said Aidan Kuroski, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan.

A gale warning is in effect through Wednesday evening on Lake Michigan because of the possibility of strong winds creating waves of 6 to 10 feet.

That’s also why forecasters warned of beach hazards on Lake Michigan from Sheboygan County to Kenosha County from Tuesday afternoon until 1 a.m. Wednesday; life-threatening waves and currents are predicted, and swimmers, paddlers and boaters are advised to stay out of the water.

Shortly after 8 p.m. the National Weather Service in Sullivan tweeted that the latest observation from Madison reported a record low pressure for Madison for June, breaking a record set in 1936.

Tropical Storm Cristobal pushed into Louisiana from the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and barreled its way through Arkansas on Monday and continued on through Missouri and Illinois before arriving in Wisconsin.

Technically Cristobal was no longer classified as a tropical storm when it arrived in Wisconsin….

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