Thursday, July 28, 2011

Don on track for Texas landfall Friday night, early Saturday

Tropical Storm Don continues to hustle northwestward toward the Texas coast, according to the National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. advisory.

Don has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and is moving along at 16 mph. It is about 425 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi and 395 miles east of Brownsville.

Some slow strengthening is possible over the next 36 hours.

A tropical storm warning (tropical storm conditions expected within 36 hours) is in effect from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass. A tropical storm watch (tropical storm conditions possible within 48 hours) is in effect south of Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande.

The center of Don is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast Friday night or early Saturday morning. Find the latest maps and tracks here.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 85 miles from the center.

Don is forecast to bring a storm surge of 1 to 2 feet, mainly along the immediate coast near and to the northeast of where the center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves.
Don is expected to produce rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches from the central Texas coast westward into south central Texas, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches.

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