Tropical Storm-Depression Bill

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A  view of the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston, Texas on Monday morning; waves pounding Clear Lake road as T.S. Bill approached Tuesday.  Today KHOU-TV’s Lily Jang and Adam Bennett tweeted U.S. 59 is closed in both directions due to flooding near El Campo, 71 miles southwest of Houston. El Campo got 8.57 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Bill.

Photos Courtesy: KHOU-TV  & Viewers on Twitter; Satellite Image: GOES/NOAA.gov

Updated Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tropical Storm Bill weakened into a Tropical Depression, but still has a lot of moisture with it. According to the National Weather Service, a flooding threat continues from Texas to Illinois as Tropical Depression Bill moves northeast.  At 10 a.m. Central Time, the storm’s center was moving toward the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area with 35 mph winds. The tropical depression was well-defined with rain bands north of the storm’s center, according to the last public advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

100% heavy rain is forecast for Dallas-Fort Worth today. A flash flood watch is in effect until Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Houston area weather starts to dry out later today, according to KHOU-TV.

Here are some rainfall totals from Tropical Storm-Tropical Depression Bill in Texas.

Ganado (91 miles southwest of Houston) – 11.77 inches

El Campo (71 miles southwest of Houston) – 8.57 inches

Sealy (50 miles west of Houston) – 8.09 inches

Hempstead (48 miles northwest of Houston) – 6.12 inches

Port Lavaca (127 miles southwest of Houston) – 5.56 inches

Fort Hood (172 miles northwest of Houston) – 1.7 to 2.5 inches

Houston Intercontinental Airport – 2.51 inches

Galveston – 1.42 inches

Sources: http://www.weather.gov, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Updated Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The City of Houston activated its Emergency Operations Center at 6 p.m. Monday. Houston officials are urging residents to take precautions as Tropical Storm Bill makes landfall Tuesday morning.  Schools also are closed today in Harris County and other districts. KHOU-TV reports some flights out of Houston are cancelled. The storm is forecast to bring  heavy rainfall and flooding. The Houston area is under a flash flood watch through Wednesday. On Monday, Galveston-Houston area residents cleared store shelves of bottled water and stocked up on batteries and other items.  Harris County residents are urged to call 311 to report flooding, damage to their homes, businesses or vehicles and traffic signals not working. The Houston area and Texas went through historic flooding and rainfall on May 25 -26, 2015. The Lone Star state is still recovering from that and other severe weather.

Residents in Galveston, Texas and along the Texas coast are preparing and monitoring a possible tropical depression or tropical storm headed their way. The National Hurricane Center has sent a plane to check out the low pressure system in the western Gulf of Mexico for signs of development and thunderstorm activity.  The National Hurricane Center reports the system is moving northwestward and has an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next 48 hours before it reaches the Texas coast sometime Tuesday. The NHC 8 a.m. advisory says the system is likely to bring heavy rain with possible flooding across parts of eastern Texas and western Louisiana.

—-Carol Lim

Sources: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov, Harris County OEM., Houston,Texas news media

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