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Dolly now a hurricane, set to hit Texas coast

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 5:46 PM EDT
The Associated Press
By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press Writer

McALLEN, Texas (AP) Dolly spun into a hurricane Tuesday, heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border and the heavily populated Rio Grande Valley, where officials feared heavy rains could cause massive flooding and levee breaks.

Dolly was upgraded from a tropical storm Tuesday afternoon with sustained winds near 75 mph, and some strengthening of the Category 1 storm is forecast before landfall Wednesday. At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm's center was about 165 miles east-southeast of Brownsville, moving northwest at about 10 mph.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from Brownsville to Corpus Christi and in Mexico from Rio San Fernando northward.

In Mexico, Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernandez said officials are planning to evacuate 23,000 people to government shelters in Matamoros, Soto La Marina and San Fernando.

Texas officials urged residents to move away from the Rio Grande levees because if Dolly continues to follow the same path as 1967's Hurricane Beulah, "the levees are not going to hold that much water," said Cameron County Emergency Management Coordinator Johnny Cavazos.

The first bands of rain began to pass over South Padre Island and Reynosa, Mexico Tuesday afternoon and the surf continued to get rougher. Forecasters predicted Dolly would dump 15 to 20 inches of rain and bring coastal storm surge flooding of 4 to 6 feet above normal high tide levels.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for areas adjacent to the hurricane zone, and Gov. Rick Perry declared 14 South Texas counties disasters, allowing state resources to be used to send equipment and emergency workers to areas in the storm's path.

The storm, combined with levees that have deteriorated in the 41 years since Beulah swept up the Rio Grande, pose a major flooding threat to low-lying counties along the border. Beulah spawned more than 100 tornadoes across Texas and dumped 36 inches of rain in some parts of South Texas, killing 58 people and causing more than $1 billion damage.

"We could have a triple-decker problem here," Cavazos told a meeting of more than 100 county and local officials Tuesday. "We believe that those (levees) will be breached if it continues on the same track. So please stay away from those levees."

Much of the damage to New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina was from levee breaks instead of wind. In one of several breaches, a levee broke in June in Winfield, Mo., allowing the Mississippi River to flood more than 100 homes.

Lines grew at centers giving out sandbags in the Rio Grande Valley. In Brownsville, a utility began draining its resacas ponds and lakes formed by old bends in the Rio Grande last week to prepare for rain.

In neighboring inland Hidalgo County, officials put out a call for volunteers to man five shelters that it planned to open for residents fleeing coastal counties.

The Navy began flying 104 of its aircraft out of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to bases inland, said air station spokesman Bob Torres. Other aircraft will be sheltered on base in hangars and no evacuation was planned.

Those who planned to ride out the storm shopped early Tuesday for supplies at a Wal-Mart in Edinburg, 15 miles from the Mexican border.

Jesus Gil was lifting large coolers into the back of his pickup truck and had bought flashlights and batteries, bracing for the storm at both work and home.

"I'm just trying to be prepared," said Gil, who was in Houston in 2005 for the Hurricane Rita evacuation. He doesn't plan to leave this time, but bought extra gas just in case.

Maj. Jose Rivera of the Texas Army National Guard said troops were preparing at armories in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, after Gov. Rick Perry called up 1,200 Guard members to help.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement was evacuating its Port Isabel Detention Center, said spokeswoman Nina Pruneda. Fewer than 1,000 people were being sent to other detention centers in Texas, though Pruneda declined to identify them for security reasons.

In the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil evacuated workers from oil rigs, but said it didn't expect production to be affected by the storm.

Residents of northern Mexico were taking the impending storm in stride.

Blas Garica, a 62-year-old builder in Reynosa, was taping up his windows and putting sandbags in front of his porch to prepare.

"I'm not afraid because we flood frequently around here. If my house floods, we'll just run to the roof."

In Reynosa, restaurants, businesses and maquilas, the import-export plants along the border, were also getting sandbags ready.

"What we're most worried about is the water," said Ramon Del Alto, a restaurant manager. But Mexican authorities did not express concern over the levees.

On South Padre Island, vacationers packed up their camps and headed for the mainland.

About 40 children and staff at a summer camp were heading north to San Antonio.

"We're not taking any chances with these kids," said Rabbi Asher Hecht, director of the Lubavitch Camp Gan Israel.

Just across the causeway in Port Isabel, residents were gathering supplies and boarding up windows. Larry Haines pulled out the plywood for the first time in years, boarding up his waterside art gallery.

"We're just worried about flying debris breaking through the windows," Haines said. "We're not too worried about storm surge and other things you get from a bigger storm, but we're going to board up anyway."

Also Tuesday, Fresenius Medical Care was preparing to close six dialysis clinics, which serve about 900 patients in the Rio Grande Valley.

Other parts of Texas, stricken by drought, watched Dolly expectantly, with as much as 4 inches forecast to fall by the time the storm's eastern edge sweeps across the region, said Texas A&M University's John Nielsen-Gammon, the state's climatologist.

About 20 counties in the northern part of South Texas which includes San Antonio and nearby counties to the north, south and east are behind in annual rainfall by between 12 and 16 inches, he said.

"If you get that much (rain) in two days there'd be flooding," he said. "Weather never gives you ideal stuff. This is certainly not going to be an exception to that. The best to hope for from this is a temporary reprieve from the dry conditions."



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And the price of oil skyrockets on speculation of a light mist in Venezuela...

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From what I understand, they shut down all sorts of oil rigs out in the Gulf....Dont expect gas to go down anytime soon....

As we speak, its raining and lots of thunder this morning....We need the gotdamn rain!

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Ha, I am not effected by all this, I have the SMART car as of yesterday, let the prices go up, I will be able to auction of my car for huge profits. That is the American way..... I will just think of myself and forget the suffering of my fellow man. I am building rooms in my basement now, I figure I can get six down there, to rent to railroaders who succumb to the fuel prices.... Which reminds me, I should raise the rent on my two boarders now..........

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Hurricane Dolly Strengthens To Category 2

Officials Fear Storm Could Break Rio Grande Levees; National Guard Troops Mobilized

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CBS) Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say Hurricane Dolly has strengthened to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph.

The storm center is about 30 miles east-northeast of Brownsville, Texas.

The eye will cross the coast near the Texas/Mexico border in a few hours. People should stay inside during the relative calm of the eye because winds will soon increase quite rapidly.

Rain started to fall along the U.S. Gulf Coast asDolly closed in on towns straddling the Texas-Mexico border.

The hurricane was expected to dump up to 15 inches of rain, threatening flooding that could breach levees in the heavily populated Rio Grande valley.

A hurricane warning was in effect for the coast of Texas from Brownsville to Corpus Christi and in Mexico from Rio San Fernando northward.

Cities and counties in Rio Grande valley were preparing Tuesday night as officials feared heavy rains could cause massive flooding and levee breaks.

National Hurricane Center director Bill Read told CBS New Early Show meteorologist Dave Price that the storm's sluggish speed could result in "ponding" - very heavy flooding in roadways and neighborhoods.

"It will be crossing the Lower Rio Grande valley of Texas and northern Mexico very slowly, Read said. "So, they're going to have 24 to 36 hours of potentially very heavy rain averaging around 10 inches with some locations getting in excess of 15."

Texas officials urged residents to move away from the Rio Grande levees because if Dolly continues to follow the same path as 1967's Hurricane Beulah, "the levees are not going to hold that much water," said Cameron County Emergency Management Coordinator Johnny Cavazos.

There was intermittent light rain late Tuesday in Brownsville, and Cavazos said he expected outer bands to move over the area overnight. Charles Hoskins, deputy emergency management officer for Cameron County, said there were nearly 2,000 people in six shelters in the county.

In Hidalgo County, a little bit farther inland, eight shelters holding about 900 were open, said Cari Lambrecht, a county spokeswoman. She said people living in low-lying areas were encouraged to come to shelters.

Late Tuesday, the causeway linking the mainland to South Padre Island was closed as winds ramped up, said Dan Quandt, a spokesman for the town's emergency operations. He said no one would be allowed onto or off of the island, with the causeway not likely to open again until Wednesday evening at the earliest. He said winds were not predicted to reach speeds requiring evacuation.

In Mexico, Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernandez said officials planned to evacuate 23,000 people to government shelters in Matamoros, Soto La Marina and San Fernando.

People began trickling in Tuesday night to five shelters set up throughout the border city of Matamoros. City officials said three other shelters were ready in case they were needed.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for areas adjacent to the hurricane zone, and Gov. Rick Perry declared 14 south Texas counties disaster areas, allowing state resources to be used to send equipment and emergency workers to areas in the storm's path.

CBS affiliate KGBT reports that Perry put the state's military force on alert - making 1,200 men and women with the Army National Guard and Air and Texas National Guards ready for deployment orders in response to Dolly.

"Currently we have soldiers based in Austin, San Antonio, Houston," Col. Bill Meehan of the Texas Army National Guard Center in Austin told KBGT. "And we have two air units that are prepared to launch; one out of Austin, one out of San Antonio."

Mike Castillo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said conditions were favorable for tornadoes Wednesday morning, especially in deep south Texas and the adjacent coastal waters. A tornado watch was in effect for several counties in the area until 10 a.m. CDT Wednesday.

The storm, combined with levees that have deteriorated in the 41 years since Beulah swept up the Rio Grande, pose a major flooding threat to low-lying counties along the border. Beulah spawned more than 100 tornadoes across Texas and dumped 36 inches of rain in some parts of south Texas, killing 58 people and causing more than $1 billion damage.

"We could have a triple-decker problem here," Cavazos told a meeting of more than 100 county and local officials Tuesday. "We believe that those (levees) will be breached if it continues on the same track. So please stay away from those levees."

Around Brownsville, levees protect the historic downtown as well as preserved buildings that were formerly part of Fort Brown on the University of Texas at Brownsville campus. Outside the city, agricultural land dominates the banks of the Rio Grande, but thousands of people live in low-lying colonias, often poor subdivisions built without water and sewer utilities.

The International Boundary and Water Commission, which operates a series of levees, dams and floodways in the lower Rio Grande Valley, put its personnel on standby alert. If needed, the IBWC will begin patrolling the levees around the clock looking for seepage and erosion, said spokeswoman Sally Spener.

The IBWC made significant improvements to the levee system after Beulah and its studies showed that a 100-year flood in Cameron County would not top the levees, Spener said. Levees upstream in Hidalgo County are in the midst of improvements, but the river could spill over sections in a 100-year flood, a flood so big that it has only a 1 percent chance of happening in any given year.

Much of the damage to New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina was from levee breaks instead of wind.

Lines grew Tuesday at centers giving out sandbags in the Rio Grande Valley.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement was evacuating its Port Isabel Detention Center, said spokeswoman Nina Pruneda. Fewer than 1,000 people were being sent to other detention centers in Texas.

In the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil evacuated workers from oil rigs, but said it didn't expect production to be affected. It also secured wells and shut down production in the Rio Grande Valley, where it primarily deals in natural gas.

Mexico's state-run oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, said it had evacuated 66 workers from an oil platform off the coast of the port city of Tampico. Pemex said in a statement that it had readied a team and the resources needed in case of damage to oil installations in the region.

Residents of northern Mexico were taking the impending storm in stride.

Blas Garica, a 62-year-old builder in Reynosa, was taping up his windows and putting sandbags in front of his porch to prepare.

"I'm not afraid because we flood frequently around here," he said. "If my house floods, we'll just run to the roof."
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Hurricane Dolly over the Gulf of Mexico on July 22, 2008.
Hurricane Dolly over the Gulf of Mexico on July 22, 2008.

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Briz, did you pick out your shelter yet?

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Been seeing a few of them "Smart" assed cars 'out here lately. They're really tiny!And the things have a tiny engine... A gas sipper of an engine. One guy told me he can go 45-60 MPG! That's damn near the best I've heard...'cept for those Toyota hybrids.

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Freddie Krueger wrote:

Briz, did you pick out your shelter yet?




Why? Did the hurricane change course or somethin?



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Uke wrote:

Been seeing a few of them "Smart" assed cars 'out here lately. They're really tiny!And the things have a tiny engine... A gas sipper of an engine. One guy told me he can go 45-60 MPG! That's damn near the best I've heard...'cept for those Toyota hybrids.



They got the same gas mileage in a Geo 15+ years ago, at a fraction of the price of a hybrid. Who's fuckin' who?



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Maybe time ta change that tune!

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HURRICANE DOLLY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 14A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL042008
700 PM CDT WED JUL 23 2008

...HEAVY RAINS AND STRONG WINDS CONTINUE OVER SOUTH TEXAS...

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST OF TEXAS FROM
BROWNSVILLE TO JUST SOUTH OF BAFFIN BAY...AND FOR THE NORTHEASTERN
COAST OF MEXICO FROM RIO SAN FERNANDO NORTHWARD TO THE BORDER
BETWEEN MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM BAFFIN BAY
TO PORT O'CONNOR.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 700 PM CDT...0000Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE DOLLY WAS LOCATED
INLAND OVER EXTREME SOUTH TEXAS NEAR LATITUDE 26.6 NORTH...LONGITUDE
98.0 WEST OR ABOUT 60 MILES...95 KM...NORTHWEST OF BROWNSVILLE
TEXAS.

DOLLY IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH...16 KM/HR.
THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TONIGHT...TAKING DOLLY
FARTHER INLAND OVER SOUTH TEXAS. A TURN TO THE WEST IS EXPECTED BY
LATE TOMORROW.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 75 MPH...120
KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. DOLLY IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON
THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. DOLLY IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL
STORM LATER TONIGHT.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES...55 KM...FROM
THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140
MILES...220 KM.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 976 MB...28.82 INCHES.

DOLLY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 12
INCHES...WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 20 INCHES...OVER PORTIONS OF
SOUTH TEXAS AND NORTHEASTERN MEXICO OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
THESE RAINS WILL LIKELY CAUSE WIDESPREAD FLOODING ACROSS PORTIONS
OF SOUTH TEXAS AND NORTHEAST MEXICO.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING UP TO 6 TO 8 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
LEVELS...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES WILL
CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FEW HOURS IN AREAS OF ONSHORE FLOW BUT WILL
SUBSIDE LATER TONIGHT.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTH TEXAS TODAY
AND TONIGHT.

REPEATING THE 700 PM CDT POSITION...26.6 N...98.0 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75
MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...976 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER AT 1000 PM CDT.

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FORECASTER FRANKLIN



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