Tropical system expected to soak parts of U.S. - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tropical system expected to soak parts of U.S.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico is continuing to strengthen and will likely become tropical depression or tropical storm Bill as early as today. Hurricane Hunters measured maximum sustained wind speeds of 40 mph, and there is a large complex of thunderstorms on the eastern side of the storm, which indicates that there is ample moisture within this system.

Even if this doesn't turn into our next named storm, this system will still pack enough of a punch to cause heavy rainfall and flooding across parts of the U.S. Rainfall totals of five to eight inches are expected all the way from Houston, TX to St. Louis, MO. Weather models are in good agreement that the system will be making landfall early Tuesday morning near Corpus Christi, TX. When the storm makes landfall, parts of Texas could receive over 10 inches of rain and flooding. The high amount of rain in such a short amount of time is expected to cause flash flooding on Tuesday and Wednesday along the Texas coast and then potentially be a threat in parts of southern Arkansas and Missouri through Friday. 

So is this tropical disturbance a concern in the Mid-South? Thankfully, the movement of this system will be west and north of our area, so the highest rain fall values will be hundreds of miles away from here. However, we will have enough moisture pumped into the atmosphere to increase our rain chances Wednesday through Friday. At this point, we are only expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms, but there could be some heavy downpours within some storms.

Brittney Bryant

Weekend Meteorologist

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