Hurricane Dolly Hits South Texas

July 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hurricane Dolly is poised to move onshore around daybreak, very near Brownsville, Texas.  As of 10 pm, the maximum sustained winds had reached 80 mph, with a few gusts approaching 100 mph.  Dolly should strengthen a bit more before reaching the coast, with sustained winds expected to reach 90 mph by then.  That makes Dolly a strong Category 1 hurricane.

Certainly there will be some damage with winds that strong, to buildings, roofs, trees, and to the agricultural crops in the Valley.  But there is a silver lining.  South Texas has been in a terrible drought this year, and the heavy rains will be welcomed.  Too bad they will be accompanied by the strong winds.

Here is a link with the latest Hurricane Warnings and statements, and the local Brownsville radar:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=TXZ257&zflg=1

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock

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