Tropical Storm Bill Headed Toward Texas Coast

Tropical Storm Bill Headed Toward Texas Coast (Image 1)

3:50 a.m. (CDT)

The National Hurricane Center says little change in strength is likely before Tropical Storm Bill makes landfall in Texas on Tuesday morning.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph (85 kph) and Bill is expected to weaken as its center moves inland.

The tropical storm is centered about 55 miles (90 kilometers) southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas, and is moving northwest near 13 mph (20 kph).

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1:30 a.m. (CDT)

Tropical Storm Bill is expected to make landfall in Texas by morning and then move inland over the south-central part of the state.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Tuesday that Bill was centered about 95 miles (155 kms) southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas, and about 120 miles (195 kms) south-southwest of Galveston, Texas. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from Baffin Bay to High Island.

Bill had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) and was moving northwest at about 13 mph (19 kph).

The center says some slight strengthening is possible before landfall, after which Bill is expected to weaken.

The storm was expected to produce rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma. Western Louisiana and western Arkansas could see 2 to 4 inches.

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1 a.m. (CDT)

The eastern half of Texas is preparing for renewed flooding as Tropical Storm Bill approaches the Texas Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center predicted the storm would make landfall Tuesday morning somewhere between Baffin Bay, south of Corpus Christi, and High Island, just up the coast from Galveston.

Galveston County officials already have directed voluntary evacuation of the low-lying Bolivar Peninsula, where Hurricane Ike wiped out most structures in 2008. School districts from Galveston to the Houston suburbs have canceled Tuesday’s classes.

According to projections by the National Weather Service, parts of North Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma could get up to 9 inches of rain over the next five days, and Missouri could get more than 7.

The forecast follows historic rains and floods last month.

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