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Tropical Storm Bill Reaches Texas Coast with Gusts, Downpours

Tropical Storm Bill satellite/radar image (06/16/2015)
Posted at 4:32 PM, Jun 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-16 13:19:00-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Tropical Storm Bill, forming late Monday night, became the second named system this season to make landfall in the United States.

Bill reached peak winds of 60 mph as it crashed into Matagorda Island, Texas, around midday Tuesday.  Observed wind gusts of over 50 mph were recorded in nearby communities such as Palacios and Port O'Connor.

Widespread moderate to heavy rain expanded northeast from the point of landfall, covering much of the upper Texas coast.

Rainfall totals have approached two inches in many areas of southeast Texas.  An additional six inches is possible in already saturated areas.