Last Updated: Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tropical depression Bill triggers flooding in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri

Tropical depression Bill, the second named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, is forecast to trigger widespread rainfall across East Texas and Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service has warned of life-threatening flash floods. Significant flooding is expected across central and eastern Texas and into southern Oklahoma through Wednesday night.

Tropical depression Bill was located 135 km ESE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 10:00 am CDT, National Hurricane Center said.

Around 20 people were rescued Wednesday afternoon when torrential rains caused flooding in parts of Wise County, notably in the small town of Chico, USA Today reported.

More than 250 flights have been canceled in Houston, Texas. Flash flood warnings have been issued for parts of east Texas, eastern Oklahoma and southwest Kansas.

According to The Weather Channel, street flooding has been reported to be widespread with roads closed in Grimes County, Texas early Thursday.

A flash flood emergency was issued by the National Weather Service for the Alice, Texas, area Wednesday evening. Similarly, a flash flood emergency was issued for Jasper County, Texas, late Wednesday evening.

A landslide in the Alta Verapaz Department of Guatemal killed two people. Two others died in Honduras due to flooding.

Tropical depression Bill track

Tropical depression Bill has begun to turn northeast and will continue to move through southeastern Oklahoma on Thursday. By Friday, the center of Bill is predicted to be in southern Missouri.

Bill is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of rainfall across eastern Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and southern Missouri.

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