Bill Moves Through Alabama

Tropical Storm Bill while it was still over the Gulf of Mexico
Tropical Storm Bill while it was still over the Gulf of Mexico

What's left of Bill, now a tropical depression, is moving to the northeast and leaving a calling card of sorts -- lots of rain. The weather service in Mobile recorded more than 6 inches of rainfall from midnight Sunday to midnight Monday -- about four times the previous record for June 30th.

That amount also unofficially gave Mobile more than 20 inches of rain for the month, making it the city's second-wettest June on record. As of 7:00 a.m., Evergreen in Conecuh County had recorded more than 5.3 inches of rain in the previous 24 hours and Montgomery County had recorded almost 4 inches.

Red flags warned of riptides at Alabama beach resorts, where tens of thousands arrived for the July Fourth holiday week. In Baldwin and Mobile counties, EMA officials reported downed trees and power lines and flooding near coastal areas but no major damage. Several roads had to be closed to traffic due to floodwaters.

Mike Richter, a meteorologist with the weather service in Huntsville, said Bill would continue to churn its way toward Tuscaloosa and Birmingham on a path toward Chattanooga, Tennessee by Wednesday and Thursday.

Alabama Associated Press