In case you are a resident of Texas or Oklahoma, we’re pretty sure you might have already received alerts about the impending approach of tropical storm Bill. The tropical storm that started off as an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico has now strengthened and has begun to cause heavy rains across several parts of Texas and Oklahoma, a CNN report confirms.
The tropical storm is estimated to dump 4 to 8 inches of rain in several areas of eastern Texas and Oklahoma. Some areas might get up to 12 inches of rain, the CNN report added. Western Louisiana and Arkansas, too, will see the effect of the tropical storm and can expect up to 4 inches of rain.
Tropical storm Bill is expected to make landfall just south of Port O’Connor and Port Lavaca, as per its current trajectory. A report by ABC 13 adds that the storm is currently located about 30 miles east-southeast of Port O’Connor, and about 105 miles southwest of Galveston. It is moving towards the coast at a leisurely speed of 13 mph. The wind speeds in areas near the storm has been clocked at 60 mph — strong enough to cause considerable damage
Meanwhile, several areas in Galveston Island have already reported heavy rainfall and flooding.
According to an alert issues by Harris County Emergency Management, the tropical storm system could also cause tornadoes. In a statement issued on Tuesday, it said as follows.
“While high winds and even tornadoes are possible, already wet grounds mean that even a moderate amount of rain will likely cause street flooding. Bayous and rivers could go out of banks quickly, creating a serious threat to life and property.”
As a precautionary measure, several schools across the region affected by tropical storm Bill have been closed.
The NWS has issued an extended flash flood watch until Thursday morning in the cities of San Marcos and Wimberley. Several areas in Bexar and Travis Counties too have been issued warnings. The U.S. Coast Guard too have been mobilized along the Gulf coast. According to Lt. Eric Vryheid, a U.S. Coast Guard pilot, several helicopters, aircraft, and boats are ready for any untoward situation.
“We got all of our helicopters, aircraft and boats in ready status. We’re taking the storm seriously. We urge that the community takes it seriously as well. We don’t want anyone getting caught in an unsafe situation.”
The tropical storm is expected to weaken considerably once it makes landfall on Tuesday. It will, however, continue to cause heavy rains in the region through Wednesday.
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