Say Goodbye To Dolly: 9:40 p.m.

Here is a final report on Dolly filed by the National Weather Service Office in Brownsville. All images in this report were created by the NWS, Brownsville, TX:

Hurricane Dolly, the first storm since Bret (1999) to make landfall along the Deep South Texas barrier islands, left a trail of widespread minor to moderate structural and natural damage across much of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Deep South Texas on July 23rd, and dumped copious rainfall across the area, causing numerous instances of flooding primarily of low lying and poor drainage locations, as well as filling local resacas and arroyos and causing notable rises on larger area creeks and rivers. The strong winds and heavy rains contributed to widespread power outages in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, where tens of thousands of residents lost power across the more populated regions of Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy County. Initial estimates of more than 250 thousand customers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley alone, including most of Cameron County at one point. Damage is likely to be in the tens of millions of dollars, if not higher, when all data are collected. For the rest of this report Click Here.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING * UNTIL 600 PM CDT

FOR..NORTH CENTRAL GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…EAST CENTRAL PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…SOUTHWESTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* AT 524 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTH OF
JENA…OR 7 MILES SOUTH OF GORDO…AND MOVING SOUTH AT 9 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
JENA AND 8 MILES NORTHEAST OF MANTUA BY 600 PM CDT…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…PREFERABLY
INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS…CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS
IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS.
REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

The Latest on Dolly

Tropical Depression Dolly

This is Tiffany Spencer, new intern for WVUA’s weather team bringing you news on hurricane Dolly, which is now a tropical depression. The eye of the storm made its debut over Saint Padre Island, Texas, which caused severe damage to roofs in the area. The then category two hurricane also caused severe flooding of streets and heavy wind gusts that reached 120mph.

In the event of the storm, at least one person was injured. A CNN affiliate reported that a 17-year-old fell from a seventh floor balcony. The fall resulted in a broken hip and leg, as well as severe head injuries. The boy is now stable and alert. Local residents worried that the flooding rains would cause a levee breach. Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada assured the public that it would take at least 20 inches of rain to top the levees, which had already been reinforced according to federal standards.

Tiffany Spencer
WVUA weather

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING * UNTIL 4:45 PM CDT

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
WEST CENTRAL PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* AT 415 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR NEWBERN…
OR 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF GREENSBORO…AND MOVING EAST AT 5 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
8 MILES NORTHWEST OF VALDEN BY 445 PM CDT…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…PREFERABLY
INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

Thursday Afternoon Update: 3:45 p.m.

A thunderstorm has been dumping lots of rain over southern Sumter and northern Marengo Counties, mainly along highway 80. The Bellamy and Coatopa communities seem to be the wettest spots and the rain should continue over the next hour. The northern extent of the rain is in the City of Eutaw and more rain extends southeast of this line into Wilcox County. This rain is developing along a stationary front parked right over Central Alabama. This front will aid in triggering more scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Also, it has felt quite humid and dewpoints are still rather high. This will serve as another nice ingredient to help spark rain.

I’m not expecting any big changes over the next few days, with more hot and humid conditions expected. There will be several ingredients in place to help spark afternoon thunderstorms. We will be on the eastern edge of a ridge and a weak boundary will linger over the state. This will help to spark a good coverage of afternoon storms for the weekend. Plus, temperatures will be soaring into the middle 90s. The storms will dissipate at night, with lows in the 70s. Even though rain is expected, there will be many areas that measure little rain. Look for dry starts to each day, with the threat for wet weather arriving after 1:00 p.m. Have a great day and be sure to tune in tonight for more details!

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Wes Wyatt
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