Tropical Storm Bill made landfall on Matagorda Island just before noon on Tuesday. It brought even more rain to the greater Houston area, which is still saturated and trying to recover from the flooding that occurred at the end of May as a result of record rainfall. At 1:00am Wednesday morning, Bill was downgraded to a tropical depression as it continues to make its way north through Texas and in to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois. Some say it is possible that Bill or its remnants may produce heavy rainfall in as many as seven states, from Texas to Indiana. The tail of the storm continues to bring rain to the Houston area, even though the center of the storm has now reached the northern part of the state. The rain could last through Saturday, June 20.
This storm renews the risk of flash flooding for Houston and increases the chance of damages to property around our already overflowing rivers and waterways. Several roads are flooded as well, so take caution and check for closures before traveling around Houston for the next few days.
Bill is now the second storm to make landfall in the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. This is the first time since 1871 that there have been two tropical storm-strength landfalls this early in the season. However, overall, this year’s hurricane season is expected to be less active than usual, so perhaps soon Houston can catch a break from the rain and flooding.
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