Severe Weather Blog

Tropical Storm Bill forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Bill has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in flood-besieged Texas by morning.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday night that Bill was centered about 160 miles (260 kms) east-southeast of Port O'Connor, Texas, and about 155 miles (250 kms) south-southeast of Galveston, Texas. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from Baffin Bay to High Island.

Bill had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) and was moving northwest at about 12 mph (19 kph). On the current forecast track, the storm would make landfall along the Texas coast Tuesday morning before moving inland over south-central Texas on Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.

The center said some slight strengthening is possible before landfall. Bill is expected to weaken after moving over land.