Tropical storm Bill is beginning to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico as it is set to bring heavy rainfall to the eastern portion of Texas within the next 24 hours. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated the storm should make landfall by Tuesday morning.
The NOAA issued a bulletin stating at 10:00 p.m. CDT tropical storm Bill was around 160 miles ESE of Port O’Connor, Texas, and 155 miles SSE of Galveston, Texas. The storm is currently moving northwest at about 12 mph, and has maximum sustained winds upward of 50 mph.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for the eastern coastal areas of Texas from Baffin Bay to High Island. The storm is expected to continue to move at its current speed through tonight, and will make landfall in the warning areas by Tuesday morning, then move inland across southern portions of Texas through Tuesday night.
Tropical storm Bill is forecast to bring four to eight inches of rainfall over the next 48 hours. Up to 12 inches could be expected for some parts of coastal Texas. The Upper Texas coast will see a storm surge of two to four feet, while the Western Louisiana coast should expect one to two feet.
By Alex Lemieux
NOAA: Tropical Storm BILL Public Advisory
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