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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Hurricane update - 28 July

Tropical storm Don is moving across the southern Gulf of Mexico and will make landfall in central Texas in the early hours of Saturday. The exact location where it will come ashore is as yet uncertain. Don is not expected to be at hurricane strength, due to unfavourable atmospheric conditions, but the winds near the centre could be up to 55 knots, which equates to force 10 to 11 on the Beaufort scale.

This is a summary of warnings and watches, which are being updated every 3 hours on the NHC website. Please refer to that source for up-to-date information - this post is only a heads-up.

A tropical storm warning is in force for the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.
A tropical storm watch is in force for the Texas coast from south of Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande

A storm surge of 1 to 2 feet above normal tidal levels will occur near and to the east of the point of landfall. This is likely to be accompanied by large and damaging waves.

Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches, locally up to 7 inches are possible from central Texas into south central Texas.

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