Tropical Storm Bill Downgraded but Still Powerful
As of 1:00 a.m. CDT this morning, Tropical Storm Bill was downgraded to a Tropical Depression.
Currently the center of Bill is tracking North at 12mph very close to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Sustained winds are around 35 mph with gusts a little stronger, and some rainfall rates up to 3 inches per hour. Rainfall accumulation across Eastern Texas and Oklahoma are expected to reach 4 to 8 inches with isolated totals reaching up to 12 inches! As Bill continues to charge north, the storm will gradually weaken in strength. Areas all the way into the Ohio Valley are bracing for Bill’s arrival and can expect to be dealing with accumulated rain totals of 3 to 6 inches once Bill is all said and done.
Flash Flood watches span from areas of Southern Texas up to Ohio. We have already seen this season that flooding can be a life threatening hazard. Be prepared and stay weather aware.
Other immediate weather threats across the Southern Plains include strong thunderstorms, damaging winds and tornadoes due to the dynamics of Bill. Low level shear and the heating of the atmosphere into the afternoon will help fuel the potential for these threats. Areas across the South; specifically the Ozark Plateau are areas that need to stay weather aware through the afternoon. These areas have been upgraded to a slight severe risk.
Meteorologist Tracey Anthony
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