The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has seen Tropical Storm Bill make landfall this morning on the Texas coast near Matagorda Island. Bill will continue to weaken as it moves inland tonight. Our local impacts are as follows:
Rain: 1-2 inches in southeast Texas in the heaviest rain bands. Less than one inch in southwest, central, and south central Louisiana in the heaviest rain bands. This will cause some brief periods of street flooding.
Tides: High tide tonight after midnight into Wednesday morning will bring some water across roads near Sabine Pass, Cameron, Intracoastal City, and Cypremort Point. Conditions will improve Wednesday afternoon and evening during low tide.
Winds: The highest wind gusts will occur in the rain bands. For the coastal sections of southeast Texas and southwest and south central Louisiana, gusts could be as high as 45 mph. For the I-10 corridor of southeast Texas and southwest and south central Louisiana, gusts could be as high as 40 mph. In east Texas and central Louisiana, gusts could be up to 30 mph.
Tornadoes: There is a small risk for tornadoes in the rain bands that develop tonight. A tornado watch is in effect for southeast Texas until midnight.