Don should remain tropical storm

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

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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