Weather & Natural Disasters

Tropical Storm Bill Barrels Toward Texas Coast

F. Brinley Bruton and The Associated Press
Tropical Storm Bill set to hit the coast of Texas on June 16, 2015.
Source: NOAA

Waterlogged Texas was getting set for another soaking as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall on Tuesday afternoon.

The storm hit Matagorda Island on the Texas Gulf coast just before 1 p.m. ET, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth warned that "the biggest calling card for Bill should be heavy rains and flooding," but said "anybody who lives in a low lying area should make plans not to be in that low lying areas" after the storm hits.

Texas is still recovering from record rains and flooding that killed dozens in May.

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High winds and heavy surf were expected to hit a wide swathe of coastline from the city of Victoria in Texas, southwest of Houston, to Lake Charles in Louisiana, Roth said.

Southeastern Texas would see between 4 and 8 inches of rain by the end of Wednesday, with some areas getting as much as 12 inches, Roth added.

Texas' eastern half was under flood watches, and the southeastern quarter of the state was under a watch through Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

On Monday, school districts in Galveston and the suburbs of southern Houston canceled classes for Tuesday, according to the AP.