Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Hurricane update - 22 July


Tropical storm Dolly is in the Gulf of Mexico, some 200 miles southeast of Brownsville, TX. This system is moving slowly northwest and will intensify to a category 2 hurricane, with winds up to 80 knots (90 mph) by landfall. The exact location of landfall, expected sometime tomorrow, is not yet certain, but will be in the area of the US / Mexico border.
I copy the 1500 GMT / 1000 CDT warnings from the National Hurricane Center.

A HURRICANE WARNING is now in effect for the coast of Texas from Brownsville to Corpus Christi, and for the northeastern coast of Mexico from Rio San Fernando north to the border with the USA.
A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected in this area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is now in effect from north of Corpus Christi to San Luis Pass.
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING and a HURRICANE WATCH is in effect from La Pesca to south of Rio San Fernando.
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.


  1. Glad I'm in Washington, a long way from the Gulf of Mexico.   Linda in WA

  2. We just moved to Tampa, Florida this past October.  This will be my first experience with "hurricaine season."   I am pretty nervous...thanks for all your updates and warnings.


  3. ceilisundancer22 July 2008 at 22:23

    I have a girlfriend who lives in Corpus Cristi, and her family.  They're boarding up now and hoping it ends up acting like a really good drill (and some rain, just not hurricane-like rain and wind!).  Hopefully!

  4. I used to live in Corpus Christi and we would take our Sunday drives to Brownsville.....
    Linda :)

  5. how awful Guido!