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Tropical Storm Bill makes landfall; How it will affect SA area

SAN ANTONIO – Tropical Storm Bill made landfall Tuesday morning along the Texas coast and could possibly bring heavy rain to the eastern part of the San Antonio area. 

KSAT Weather Authority Meteorologist Mike Osterhage says a flash flood watch is in effect for portions of the Hill Country, Bexar County and South Central Texas through midday Thursday.

Temperatures will be in the mid 80s today with scattered showers and storms. Any storms that move through could produce heavy rainfall with the concern of flash flooding. 

The National Weather Service says Tropical Storm Bill will weaken as it moves inland and its remnants will track to the northwest across eastern parts of South Central Texas this afternoon into tonight. 

This will generate bands of showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall Tuesday through Thursday morning from the Hill Country, across the Interstate 35 corridor to near the coastal plains.

Widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are possible along and east of U.S. 281 with localized amounts of 8 to 12 inches possible along the U.S. 77 corridor, according to the NWS. 

Flash flooding and moderate to major flooding of some rivers and creeks will be possible across the area. Remember to take caution and turn around, don't drown.

Caldwell County's Emergency Management division has issued a curfew due to the eminent dangers of this storm starting at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday and lasting until 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

VIA alters routes due to heavy rain

VIA said Tuesday via its Twitter account that it will be changing several routes to follow flooded road detours. The affected routes are 5, 21, 96, 505, 602, 641.

CPS Energy prepares for power outages

There could be outages and it may take a while for crews to get power back on in some areas.

CPS Energy officials suggest having a plan that includes:  

  • Keeping your phone and other devices charged, especially anything needed for medical reasons.
  • Keep flashlights, batteries and other important items available for an unexpected power outage.
  • Keep your freezer doors closed and sealed. Frozen food can stay good for two or three days.
  • Unplug appliances that automatically start when power is restored. If they turn on at once, they could overload circuits and become a fire hazard.

Power outages bring the potential for traffic signals to fail. The city of San Antonio wants to remind drivers that dark traffic signals should be treated as a four-way stop. The city said that even if there are no temporary signs are present, drivers should stop and evaluate the intersection before proceeding. 

Click here for more information on what you should do during an outage.

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