Hurricane Dolly – 2008-5

Dolly a Strong Cat 1 Hurricane

At 8:00am:

– The center of Hurricane Dolly was located 40 miles east of
Brownsville, Texas. Movement is towards the northwest at 8mph.
Maximum sustained winds are near 95mph and Dolly may strengthen a
little more before landfall. This makes Dolly a strong Cat 1
Hurricane. Minimum central pressure is measured at 967mb.

– Hurricane force winds extend outward to 25 miles and tropical storm
force winds to 140 miles.

– Landfall is expected within the next few hours about 15-20 miles
north of Brownsville.

Discussion:

Dolly is expected to slow down and turn west-northwest shortly after
landfall. While wind is a concern, it currently appears that flash
flooding will be the primary threat. Dolly should start to weaken
shortly after the eye makes landfall. Due to the expected slow motion
the decay model wouldn't really apply here and hurricane force wind
will likely occur a little longer than is typically expected in a
given area.

CNN reported a Tornado Warning in Brownsville and one did expire 15
minutes ago. Tornadoes are likely on the right semi-circle of Dolly.
This would generally be the area from north of Brownsville to Corpus
Christi. SPC has a tornado watch up for this area.

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About Putnam Reiter

Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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