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Tropical Depression Update

18 Jun 2015, 2:01 pm

Tropical Depression Bill (as of 10am CDT)
Movement: NNE at 7 mph
Sustained Winds: 25 mph
Central Pressure: 1002mb

As of this morning Bill remains a tropical depression. Areas from Texas to Illinois remain under Flash Flood Watches into the weekend with most of Eastern Oklahoma under a Flash Flood Warning through this evening. Morning storm totals are showing accumulated rain of over 13″ in Newport, OK  with surrounding areas experiencing over 10″.  The inner triangle made by Oklahoma City, OK; Fort Smith, AR; and Dallas, TX are currently experiencing the worst of the flooding. This flooding is expected to continue throughout the day. Flood waters can be very dangerous and have the potential to be fatal. Proceeding with caution is very important as we have seen the tragedy flooding can cause already this season.

As for the forecast, we will continued to watch the storm weaken gradually. It will continue to dump rain from Texas to the Central Plains as we head into the weekend. South Texas is still expecting to pick up 1-3″ of rain today with areas like Oklahoma and Arkansas expecting 3 to 6″ of new accumulated rainfall. The severe thunderstorm risk centered around Bill has decreased from yesterday’s slight risk to a marginal risk. Expect on going thunderstorm activity throughout the day however, breaks in the clouds during peak sunlight hours will allow destabilization and heating to help fuel afternoon thunderstorm activity.

Stay tuned to WeatherNation as we continue to track this system.

Meteorologist Tracey Anthony

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