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.
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.