Latest: Tropical Storm Bill

Tropical Storm Bill continues to turn into Texas, bringing heavy rain, flooding, damaging winds, and storm surge. However, Tropical Storm Bill is weakening as it moves further into land. Tropical Storm Bill made landfall Tuesday morning at 11:45 AM CT (12:45 PM EDT) on Matagorda Island, Texas.

As of the 8:00 PM (EDT) update, Tropical Storm Bill weakened even more to 45 MPH winds, moving NNW at 9 MPH (very slowly). It will continue to bring flooding rains and isolated tornadoes to Texas. Here is the current information I have for you this Tuesday night.

Satellite picture of Tropical Storm Bill (8:30 PM Tuesday)

Satellite picture of Tropical Storm Bill (8:30 PM Tuesday)

 

Radar of Tropical Storm Bill shows heavy rain and the storm center (8:30 PM Tuesday)

Radar of Tropical Storm Bill shows heavy rain and the storm center (8:30 PM Tuesday)

 

Tropical Storm Bill causing Tornado watches/warnings as of Tuesday night at 8:30 PM

Tropical Storm Bill causing Tornado watches/warnings as of Tuesday night at 8:30 PM

 

 

THE BIG QUESTION….

Many people are wondering…. “Is Tropical Storm Bill going to ruin my weekend plans?” Well, even though Bill will not be a Tropical Storm when it gets to our area, the remnants will bring rain to the region sometime this weekend. Right now, it looks like the timeframe to watch is late Saturday and Sunday. So, outdoor plans for Fathers’ Day may have to move indoors, therefore, keep and eye on the ever-changing forecast. Here is the current official NWS track of Bill and the model tracks.

NWS track of Tropical Storm Bill as of 8:30 PM Tuesday

NWS track of Tropical Storm Bill as of 8:30 PM Tuesday

 

TS Bill model tracks

TS Bill model tracks

 

As you see in the picture above, I drew a long red arrow. This shows where most models take Bill, basically, the average track of the computer models. You can see the majority of the models take Bill right through New Jersey and Long Island.

The rainfall from Bill will be heavy, but we will certainly not see 8+” of rain like parts of Texas. Here are what two of the computer models say in terms of rainfall. **Please note that not all the rainfall in our area is from Bill. It also includes rain from some storms on Thursday.

CMC rainfall amounts by Monday morning after Bill passes the area

CMC rainfall amounts by Monday morning after Bill passes the area

 

GEFS rainfall totals by Monday morning after Bill passes the area

GEFS rainfall totals by Monday morning after Bill passes the area

 

 

The track and amount of rainfall will likely change over time… it may not change dramatically, but some changes in track is possible. Stay tuned for the latest updates on Tropical Storm Bill, as he weakens towards a Tropical Depression sometime on Wednesday.

Here are some photos of the damage from Tropical Storm Bill in Texas:

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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