Dolly Update (7/23/08)

Dolly has undergone some major strengthening this morning and is now a low-end Category 2  hurricane.  Sustained winds near the eyewall are up to 100mph and bands of very heavy rain have moved onshore.  Dolly will make landfall sometime around noon local time near South Padre Island and Port Isabel, TX, about 25 northeast of Brownsville, TX.  Areas along the Southeast Texas coastline will experience 4 to 8 foot storm surge as Dolly moves onshore.  Dolly is a slow-mover, so flooding rains are a given across extreme South Texas and extreme Northeast Mexico.  As much as 15 inches of rain will be possible by tomorrow for the major Texas cities of Brownsville, Harlingen, and McAllen. 

Check out our latest post, <b>Dolly Hurricane Images</b> to see radar images from Brownsville, TX and the National Hurrican Center.

South Texas has been dealing with a major drought this year, so while they need the rain, they don't need it all at once. 

With a bit of luck, the remnant moisture from Hurricane Dolly might start flowing into Southern Colorado early next week.  If this happens, we'd have a better shot at seeing some wetting rains east of the mountains.  The upper-level wind pattern will have to "just right" in order for this to materialize, so keep your fingers crossed.

AM/Noon Meteorologist, Branden Borremans

 

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