Dolly Makes Landfall in Texas; Winds Near 95 MPH
*Damage reports include uprooted trees, a toppled roof and downed power lines*
Hurricane Dolly has made landfall along the southern Texas coast, and according to the National Hurricane Center is now a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds near 95 mph, down from a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph just before landfall.
Weather Underground's Jeff Masters noted that Dolly put on an "impressive burst of rapid intensification" with its central pressure dropping fast as it approached the Texas-Mexico coast. He also pointed out that the expected storm surge of 6 to 8 feet above normal tide levels will "mostly affect uninhabited sections of Padre Island."
Nevertheless, flooding rains, damaging winds and tornadoes are a threat to South Texas and northeast Mexico through tomorrow. Rainfall totals of 8 to 12 inches are expected, with isolated amounts of 20 inches. If you're familiar with South Texas geography, the National Weather Service in Brownsville, Texas, has created useful maps of potential storm impacts.
Meanwhile, The Monitor asks, "Will levees and dams hold?"
Capital Weather Gang
| July 23, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
Categories: Tropical Weather
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