A woman carries an umbrella across Saint Mary's Street. Photo by Scott Ball.
A woman carries an umbrella across Saint Mary's Street. Photo by Scott Ball.

Tropical Depression Bill left its calling card on San Antonio Wednesday evening in the form of severe thunderstorms that struck already-saturated Bexar, Guadalupe and Comal counties.

San Antonio Airport reported more than 2.6? of rain, a record for this date, and other communities in the surrounding area received even higher amounts of rain in the space of a few hours. The radar suggested another wave of storms could hit the city late Wednesday.

Street and highways flooded almost immediately Wednesday evening, snarling rush-hour traffic. A flash flood warning remains in effect until later Wednesday night.

Tropical Depression Bill made its way through the Dallas-Fort Worth area late Wednesday afternoon, and flooding occurred throughout the metroplex, north into eastern Oklahoma and as far east as Louisiana.

Tropical Storm Bill made landfall on Matagorda Island around 12 p.m. Tuesday. Heavy rains and winds and surging tides whipped the Texas Gulf Coast. Bill was downgraded to a tropical depression after making landfall and moving inland.

San Antonio was outside the path of the brunt of the storm, and the city was spared heavy rains on Tuesday despite threatening cloud formation that darkened afternoon skies.

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Joan Vinson

Former Rivard Report Assistant Editor Joan Vinson is a San Antonio native who graduated from The University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She's a yoga fanatic and an adventurer at heart....