Dolly Now A Category Two Hurricane

July 23, 2008

Outer bands from a strengthening Hurricane Dolly dumped rain across Harris County Tuesday night and early Wednesday as the storm approached landfall at Brownsville.

By 8 a.m., Dolly was about 40 miles east of Brownsville and moving northwest at 8 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of 10 a.m. the center of Hurricane Dolly was located about 30 miles east-northeast of Brownsville

The storm has intensified over the past 12 hours, with maximum sustained winds now at 100 miles per hour,now a category two hurricane.

At 8 p.m., officials in Matamoros, Mexico, reported wind gusts of 55 mph, and at Port Isabel on the Texas coast, custs of 72 mph were reported.

The National Weather Service was tracking another outer rain band expected to spin across the county later Wednesday. Forecasters said wind gusts of up to 30 mph could accompany rain from the storm band.

Predictions still are that Harris County may see no more than a maximum of 3 inches of rain Wednesday, with another 1-2 inches possible on Thursday as the storm heads inland.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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