Dolly Details

Dolly slammed into the Texas coast as a category 2 hurricane midday Wednesday. The image below is from the Brownsville, Texas, National Weather Service Doppler Radar.

Dolly as seen by Doppler Radar from Brownsville, TX coming onto the far south Texas coastline.

The image below shows the falling pressure and rising winds as the storm approached the coast.

Air Pressure and Wind Speed as Dolly Approaches

This graph from NOAA shows falling air pressure and rising wind speeds measured by a buoy station about 15 miles northeast of Brownsville, TX.

Environmental Impacts:
• According to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. ET advisory, Hurricane Dolly made landfall on South Padre Island, Texas as a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 100 mph and gusts reaching 120 mph. Dolly is expected to bring 8 to 12 inches of rain to south Texas with some areas receiving up to 20 inches.
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set up an operating facility in Austin, TX. According to local agencies, 18 schools have set up shelters and are in standby for evacuees. The American Red Cross has sent 46 emergency response vehicles to south Texas in response to Hurricane Dolly.
• Dolly was the fourth tropical cyclone to form during the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, and was upgraded to tropical storm status at the same time it was declared to be formed. The storm made its first landfall as a tropical storm on the Yucatán Peninsula near Cancún early on July 21. The storm made its second landfall in southern Texas this afternoon, where 27,000 customers are currently without power. Heavy rain and high winds are currently affecting the coast, with high surf affecting all of the Texas coastline.

The images and environmental impact information above were provided courtesy of StormCenter Communications.

Below is a  late afternoon  NOAA visible light satellite image of Dolly showing the eye of the storm inland and north of Brownsville, TX. At this stage Dolly has been downgraded to category 1.

For more on Dolly check out our Hurricane Tracker page at ….. http://www.wbaltv.com/hurricanes/index.html

John Collins

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