Victoria could be spared brunt of storm
July 29, 2011 at 2:29 a.m.
If Tropical Storm Don stays on its current course, the Victoria area could be spared from its force and barely get any rain.
"Right now, we are projecting less than an inch of rain in Victoria," Lara Keys, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, said about 8:15 a.m. "That could change, of course, but with Don tracking farther south, that's what it looks like as of right now."
The shift south has landfall projections around Baffin Bay and as far south as Brownsville and as far north as Rockport.
Landfall is expected late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area by late today.
At 7 a.m., Tropical Storm Don was 255 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, according to the NWS.
It is moving west northwest at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.
A tropical storm warning is in place from the mouth of the Rio Grande River to Matagorda.
Water levels will rise by as much as one to two feet above ground level, mainly along the immediate coast near and to the northeast of where the center makes landfall. The surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves.
Don is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches from South Texas into extreme northeastern Mexico with possible isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches.