Tropical Storm Bill Heads To Texas, Projected Path
GALVESTON, Texas — As of 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, the National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical weather outlook due to the presence of Tropical Storm Bill that will make landfall on the Texas gulf coast this morning.
Tropical Storm Bill has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts. The tropical cyclone is located 30 miles east-southeast of Port O’Connor Texas and is moving to the northwest at 13 miles per hour and is expected to continue in this general direction throughout the day.
Tropical Storm Bill is forecast to bring total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma, and 2 to 4 inches over western Arkansas and southern Missouri, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches in eastern Texas.
The combination of a storm surge and the tide willcause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach up to 2 to 4 feet above ground in Upper Texas coast and 1 to 2 feet above ground in Western Louisiana coast if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Baffin Bay to High Island Texas.
Tropical Storm Bill Projected Path Timeline:
Tuesday: The center of the tropical cyclone will make landfall near Port O’Connor, Texas.
Tuesday Evening: Tropical Storm Bill weakens to a tropical depression and moves inland near Austin, Texas.
Wednesday: The tropical depression moves over Dallas, Texas.
Wednesday Night: The tropical depression moves over the Texas-Oklahoma border.
Thursday: The tropical depression moves across eastern Oklahoma.