BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The National Hurricane Center declared Tropical Storm Bill has made landfall along the Texas coast and is dumping heavy rains on the state.
The NHC reported the system at 11:55 a.m. was located at 28.2 North, 96.7 West, on Matagorda Island, Texas. Maximum sustained winds were still 60 mph. The storm continues moving northwest at 10 mph.
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Heavy rains began impacting southeast Texas hours before landfall. Most rains will stay west of southeast Louisiana. Forecasters said the center of Bill will move inland over south-central Texas through the afternoon and night.
They added Bill is expected to produce four to eight inches over eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches in eastern Texas.
There are coastal flood advisories for Louisiana. The coastal flood warnings that were issued have been canceled.
Officials announced Monday night that they had upgraded the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico to Tropical Storm Bill. The NHC had held off on naming the storm around 4 p.m. Monday, deciding instead to await for a Hurricane Hunter flight into the system Monday evening for a better look.