Bill makes landfall; thunderstorms expected locally
Tropical Storm Bill has just made landfall and is in the process of moving on shore just south of Port O’Conner, the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office reported.
The storm’s impact in the Port Arthur area is not expected to rise to what was forecast Monday, but will still bring off and on rainfall through Wednesday, some of which could spawn flash flooding.
Mike Marcotte, meteorologist with the Lake Charles NWS said the Port Arthur/Beaumont area should expect between 1 and 2 inches of rain during the two day period. Isolated higher amounts of 3 to 5 inches is possible.
A solid line of thunderstorms that extends all the way to coastal waters and was centered in Kountze and west of Beaumont at 9 am. is moving toward Port Arthur, Marcotte said.
The already saturated ground could result in flash flooding.
Winds of 20 to 25 mph with some higher gusts as high as 35 mph will accompany the storm.
A coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Tide levels of 2.5 to 3.5 feet are expected Tuesday afternoon into early Wednesday.