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Bill Dumps Flooding Rains Across North Texas, South-Central Oklahoma

Tropical Storm Bill dropped a much smaller amount of rain on Tuesday across a wide area of eastern Texas before dumping inundating rainfall in North Texas and south-central Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Bill, now a tropical depression, has slowed down after making landfall Tuesday morning, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait said.

"That helped keep rainfall totals from being so extreme over such a large area," Strait said. "But Bill is moving slower now and will slow down more, so that is leading to more rain in North Texas and especially Oklahoma."

As much as 9 inches of rain had fallen on Wednesday in south-central Oklahoma, according to Mesonet.

A bull's-eye of rain was centered around Newport, Ardmore, Burneyville, Madill and Ringling, Oklahoma.

24-Hour Rainfall Totals from Tropical Storm Bill (As of 8:20 p.m. CDT Wednesday)

Rainfall (inches)
Alice, Texas
Newport, Oklahoma
Montague, Texas
Alvord, Texas
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Bowie, Texas

Flooding occurred as Bill moved ashore at Matagorda Island, Texas, early Tuesday.

Numerous roads were closed in eastern Texas as a result of the flooding. It also forced schools across the region to cancel summer classes for the day.

US Coast Guard video of helicopter overflight from today.

Posted by Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bill also generated high winds that knocked down trees and power lines. As many as 13,000 eastern Texas customers were without lights on Tuesday.