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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dolly hit South Texas, is downgraded to a tropical storm

I am in teh midst of packing and moving now and have not been able to keep up with all of the happenings with Hurricane Dolly's landfall. This article from the NYT describes the effects of Dolly's landing on South Padre island near the US Mexico border.

Dolly did reach Cat 2 status with 100 MPH winds right before landfall yesterday morning. Fortunately the worst did not happen and the dozens of tornados that were presicted did not materialize. Even so, Dolly maintained hurricane status with 85 MPH winds throughout the day. She is still a tropical storm and will be diminishing slowly as her track takes her deeper inland.

Here in Houston, we've just seen some scattered thunderstorms and a few gusts of wind. Typical thunderstorms that we usually get so nothing to worry about, but in Brownsville the concern is flooding. If Dolly continues to rain out floods and flash flood can be the real issue.

Please remember to never drive into a flooded road. Even if you can see the roadway beneath the water, there is enough force in a stream that it can pull your car off the road and into a ditch. Remember the adage, "Don't Drown - Turn Around".

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