Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dolly Strengthens to Hurricane Force

Cristobal Losing Tropical Characteristics

Tropical Storm Dolly strengthened today to become a Category 1 hurricane, the second so far this season. Maximum winds are now 75 mph, and further strengthening is likely before landfall near the Texas/Mexico border tomorrow. Hurricane Warnings remain in effect from Brownsville to Corpus Christi, TX and along the Mexican coast southward to Rio San Fernando. The storm is moving northwest at 10 mph from a position about 165 miles east southeast of Brownsville.

As Tropical Storm Cristobal accelerates northeastward, it is beginning to lose its tropical characteristics. Maximum winds are 50 mph, and weakening is expected over the next 24 hours. The storm is located about 170 miles south southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, moving northeast at 28 mph.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre has reported heavy rain and some local flooding along the coast of Nova Scotia from the outer fringes of Cristobal.

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