Recap: Goodbye Dolly
By Charlie Wilson, Guest Contributor
As the remnants of Hurricane Dolly rain themselves out over the Southwest, it's time to take a look back at this storm...
Hurricane Dolly slammed ashore as a weak category two storm on South Padre Island, Texas Wednesday afternoon with winds near 100 mph and a surge of up to eight feet. Power outages and some structural damage were reported; along with six tornadoes. A peak gust of 119 mph was reported just east of Matamoras, Mexico late Wednesday morning.
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The main concern from Dolly was the expected heavy rainfall and the potential effects on the levees along the Rio Grande River that have deteriorated since Hurricane Beulah struck 41 years ago. Luckily, the levees held as 6-10 inches (with some local amounts exceeding 16 inches) of rain fell across south Texas. If there is a bright side, Dolly helped to alleviate the drought situation; as most cities in south Texas are now reporting a surplus of rain for the year.
Dolly was downgraded from a Tropical Depression to a remnant area of low pressure Friday afternoon as it continued moving west-northwest across northern Mexico and west Texas prompting flood watches and warnings from west Texas westward across southern New Mexico into eastern Arizona.
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