EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The tropical disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico has now been upgraded to Tropical Storm Bill. Bill is expected to make landfall early Tuesday morning along the middle Texas coast, near Matagorda Bay.
Our main concern will strictly be heavy, tropical downpours, which will be a good bet on Tuesday through Thursday of this week.
Once Tropical Storm Bill moves inland, he will weaken into a tropical depression. That depression will then move up toward North Central Texas on Wednesday, causing some heavy feeder bands to develop over North Central and the western parts of East Texas.
It should be noted that even though most models keep the heavy rain shield just west of our area, any deviation to the storm motion could shift that swath of flooding downpours further east and into our part of the state.
Our forecast calls for three-to-five inches of rain between Tuesday and Thursday. However, some areas could see isolated rainfall amounts of six-to-eight inches of rain. It is these higher end amounts that could cause flooding issues to reemerge across the Piney Woods this week.
As a result of the heavy rain threat, a Flash Flood Watch has now been issued for all our counties and communities in Deep East Texas through Wednesday evening.
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