Tropical Storm Bill Makes Landfall in Already Saturated Texas
Parts of Texas have already experienced record rainfall totals, and the situation is only getting worse as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall in Texas on Tuesday, carrying with it winds averaging 30 miles per hour and gusts as high as 45 mph.
According to John Bacon of USA Today, Tropical Storm Bill first made landfall at southern Matagora Island, Texas, at around 11 a.m. local time, showering the area with high-speed wind and heavy rain.
The National Hurricane Center expected a storm surge of two to four inches, and estimates that portions of the state will receive an additional six-to-10 inches—or even more in certain areas—of additional rain throughout the life of the storm.
The storm was expected to weaken after it made its way onto land, but authorities have still issued a flash flood watch for the Houston area through 6 p.m. local time Wednesday, as the area has already been saturated with rain.
Over the last two months, heavy rainfall has devastated Texas, including totaling 34 inches of rain water in 60 days in the Gainesville area. For comparison, that portion of the state averages only 40 inches of rainfall for an entire year.
Another area of concern for officials and meteorologists will take place Tuesday night when the storm passes over Texas Hill Country, between San Antonio and Austin. West Gulf River Forecast Center hydrologist Gregory Waller told USA Today that Tropical Storm Bill is likely dump its most amount of rain on this region as it continues to deal with the water from the last set of storms.
Residents all across Texas are hoping the storm dumps less rain than anticipated after dealing with the torrential rainfall and deadly floods from last month (KHOU.com provided stunning images) that destroyed homes and killed 20 people.
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