Texas braces for another round of heavy rainfall

2015-06-17 10:58

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Dallas - Tropical Storm Bill moved slowly over inland Texas on Tuesday, bringing another round of heavy rains to a state weary from recent deadly floods, evacuations and washed-out roads.

The storm came ashore shortly before noon along Matagorda Island on the Texas Gulf coast with maximum sustained winds of 100kph, according to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami.

Major flooding could occur along the Trinity River as it extends through eastern Texas, according to the National Weather Service, with one portion northeast of Houston nearly 1.2 meters above flood stage on Tuesday.

Federal emergency workers who were sent to Texas and Oklahoma after those states were hit by severe flooding in May will remain in the region to help prepare for Tropical Storm Bill and help clean up in its aftermath, the White House said on Tuesday.

According to projections by the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall will also hit Arkansas and Missouri.

May storms brought widespread flooding to Oklahoma and Texas, killing more than 30 people. Flooding damaged thousands of homes and other structures and forced motorists to abandon at least 2 500 vehicles across Houston, Texas' most populous city.

Those wet conditions could help strengthen Storm Bill, according to Marshall Shepherd, director of atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia.

While tropical storms usually gather power from the warm waters of the ocean and then weaken once they move over land, new research has shown some storms can actually strengthen over land by drawing from the evaporation of abundant soil moisture, Shepherd said. The phenomenon is known as the "brown ocean" effect.

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