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Don should remain tropical storm

July 28, 2011 at 2:28 a.m.


Victoria emergency officials recommend

All residents should stay off the roads Friday night and Saturday morning if high winds or tropical force winds hit the area.

All residents should secure any items around their home including garbage cans and any other loose items. Any loose items around the home will become projectiles in storm force winds.

All residents should review their emergency plan or browse to www.onestorm.org to create a free emergency plan.

The Red Cross suggests that residents assemble a "disaster supplies kit" to you keep in your home. It should contain a first aid kit with essential medication in addition to the usual items; a battery powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries; canned and other non-perishable food items and a hand-operated can opener; bottled water for three days; sturdy shoes and work gloves; and written instructions on how to turn off your homes utilities.

Residents are urged to fuel their vehicles now to avoid any rush at the gas pumps.

Residents living in mobile homes, RVs and campers should inspect their anchors and make plans to stay elsewhere if they do not feel safe in storm force winds.

Tropical Storm Don should not be at hurricane strength when it makes landfall along the Texas Coast Friday night or Saturday morning, but Victoria Emergency Management officials are urging residents to use caution when the storm hits.

If Tropical Storm Don stays on its current track, the Victoria area could see between 3-5 inches of rain and sustained winds at around 60 mph at landfall, according to a news release from the Victoria Emergency Management Office.

At 4 p.m, the National Weather Service reported that the storm was moving northwest at 16 mph with little change in strength as maximum sustained winds remained at 45 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles.

Don should make landfall as a tropical storm and not as a hurricane, according to the update.

At 4 p.m., the storm was 425 miles south southeast of Corpus Christi.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.

A tropical storm watch is in effect from south of Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande.

Don is expected to produce total 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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