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Don downer? Rainfall forecast for Victoria drops to half an inch

July 28, 2011 at 2:28 a.m.
Updated July 29, 2011 at 2:29 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 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.


As of 10 p.m. Thursday night, Tropical Storm Don was located 370 miles southeast of Corpus Christi. Wind force has reached 50 mph. Don is forecasted to make landfall Friday night about midnight close to Baffin Bay.

A 10 p.m. advisory from the National Weather Service shifted the track farther south so Victoria is out of the error cone. The chance of rain in Victoria has decreased to close to half of an inch.

After all of the anticipation, Tropical Storm Don might do little to break the drought.

As of 7 a.m. Friday, the storm is tracking farther to the south and may bring only half an inch of rain to the Victoria area. Forecasters now expect Don to make landfall well south of Corpus Christi sometime early Saturday.

Although Don should not be at hurricane strength when it makes landfall along the Texas Coast, Victoria Emergency Management officials are urging residents to use caution.

Earlier forecasts called for the Victoria area to receive between 3-5 inches of rain and sustained winds about 60 mph at landfall, according to a news release from the Victoria Emergency Management Office.

At 7 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service reported that the storm was moving northwest at 14 mph with little change in strength with maximum sustained winds at 50 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.

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.

At 10 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service forecasted that Don will make landfall Friday night around midnight close to Baffin Bay.

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.

However, the National Weather Service now forecasts about a half-inch of rainfall for the Victoria area.



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