Over the next several hours, more lines of potentially severe thunderstorms are expected to line up across portions of the Upper Midwest, bringing hail, strong winds, and some isolated tornadoes. As of 2:30 CDT, lines of heavy rain and thunderstorms are developing over portions of Southern Iowa, and are expected to make their way east into Illinois, parts of Wisconsin, and parts of Minnesota. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC), has most of Western Illinois under an ‘enhanced risk’, meaning that the potential for multiple severe storms does exist, and that the threat of tornadoes is elevated as well.
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Although Tropical Depression Bill has only 20 mph winds and has already let go of all its moisture in Oklahoma, it is still expected to maintain a Tropical Depression status while moving over portions of the Mid Atlantic and New England. For those wondering if New York will suffer from heavy rains from Bill, the truth is, yes, on Sunday, areas from Maryland to Connecticut will be the victims of high humidity, gusty winds, and heavy rains. Even though the Northeast will be suffering from heavy rains on Sunday, the total amount of rain will likely all be below 3 inches, which is less than half of what some areas in the Mid West have received over the past few days from Bill.
Overall, the Northeast, and the New York Metro Area will have to deal with a soggy Sunday this weekend.
As Bill swirls around over Oklahoma, it is starting to drift more and more eastward. Bill is still considered a huge threat to millions as several inches of rain could induce more flooding across areas from Oklahoma to Rhode Island as it crosses the country, especially in areas that have undergone severe flooding just several weeks ago. Be on the lookout for some thunderstorms in the Northeast and try to plan around potentially heavy rains on Sunday throughout the Northeast. Also, although slim, there is a potential for some severe storms to pop up in the NYC area on Sunday, so please heed all warnings set forth by the NWS.
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BREAKING NEWS: A 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED ON THE SOUTHERN MID ATLANTIC RIDGE, THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT FOR ANY LOCATION SURROUNDING THIS AREA.
Tropical Depression Bill
As Bill continues to swirl its way into Oklahoma, the rain bands extending into the Gulf of Mexico from its center are beginning to move northward as well. The rain from this system is the biggest threat thus far for the remnants of Bill, with up to 8 inches of rain in southern Oklahoma, to several inches of rain expected to fall over a 500 mile long path across the United States over the next few days, to the possibility of severe thunderstorms, Bill has proved itself to be one large rain maker.
Okay, okay, we know that there will be large amounts of rain, but how will this affect me? Well, as Bill dumps its remaining moisture over the US, already flooded rivers from just a few weeks ago that have not already returned to normal will pose a potentially catastrophic threat to anyone living on or near shorelines to rivers or streams. Also, in areas such as the Northeast, occasional downpours may cause flash flooding, which can take anyone by surprise.
Now that we have said how Bill may affect you, Weather 360 hopes that if you are to be impacted by any element of this storm, that you will be safe and heed all advisories, watches, and warnings set out by your local NWS (National Weather Service) office(s).
As Bill made landfall south of Galveston, Texas yesterday, it began its track to to Oklahoma. Although Bill, now a Tropical Depression, has weakened, it is expected to stay organized as it is and even strengthen slightly before weakening while dumping the majority of its moisture on southeastern Oklahoma. In areas such as northeastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma, rain amounts could range anywhere from 4 to 8 inches, potentially causing extreme flooding of streams, rivers, and low lying areas susceptible to inland flooding. At the moment, Bill still remains fairly organized and is moving across Texas into Oklahoma, before significantly weakening to a remnant low and traversing the rest of the country until reaching the Northeast. Once in the Northeast, the remnants of Bill will dump any last bit of moisture it has in the form of rain showers and the occasional thunderstorm.
Recently, rivers in the areas that are expected to see rain soon have flooded, some breaking historic records, this means that there is the possibility of large flooding to happen again with the heavy rains expected to come, so keep yourself safe by heeding all warnings set out by your local NWS (National Weather Service) office.