As once-Tropical Storm Bill made landfall in eastern Texas, copious amounts of rainfall accompanied it, causing an already saturated south-central United States to flood.
The storm had the largest effect on Texas and Oklahoma into Tuesday and Wednesday as flood waters rose, power lines were downed and roads became impassable. On Wednesday night, massive flooding occurred in Davis, Oklahoma. A rockslide occurred in the same area on Thursday, closing portions of Interstate 35. The National Weather Service recorded a whopping 12.53 inches of rain in Healdton, Oklahoma.
As Bill lashed the Plains, the Southeast continued to simmer in near-record heat. Record highs were set in several locations, including Columbia, South Carolina, where the temperature hit 101 F Wednesday, breaking the previous daily record from 1944. Midweek AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures soared to 115 F in Dothan, Alabama, 109 F in Gainesville, Florida, and 107 F in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Looking south on 35. The traffic was clear from the road around 9:30 AM. Engineers on site assessing. @news9 pic.twitter.com/Hzip73M2fb— Jessica Holley (@Jessica_Holley) June 18, 2015
After India sweltered in deadly heat at the beginning of June, they have now entered into Monsoon season. While the rainfall caused flooding in some areas, it also brought much-needed relief to suppress the heat and quench dryness. Upwards of 10 inches of rain fell in just five days in several cities across the country.