Friday, July 29, 2011

Tropical Storm Don closes in on Texas coast

Tropical Storm Don on Friday afternoon.
 Rainbands are spreading onshore as Tropical Storm Don zeroes in on a Texas coast landfall tonight.

According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Don still has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving west-northwest at 16 mph. The storm's center is about 95 miles to the southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Tropical storm-force winds extend 105 miles from the center, mainly to the north and east.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Texas coast, from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Matagorda.

Forecasters say some strengthening is still possible before landfall. Storm surge of 1 to 2 feet is expected, and rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are predicted, with isolated totals hitting up to 6 inches.

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