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.
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.
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.
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: