McAllen--2:08 p.m. July 23, 2008
The National Weather Service is now saying Dolly has made landfall at South Padre Island, TX and is now calling it a Cat. 1 hurricane, as sustained winds are clocked at 95 MPH. (95 is Cat. 2).
Dolly's over Laguna Madre and still churning and burning. She'll move through McAllen area--north side, where I live, maybe in 4 hours, at this pace, so about 6 p.m, roughly--hopefully not too roughly.
Friends--see comments--report flooding, wind gusts, and power outages in Brownsville.
Hang in there, friends. Thanks for your prayers.
In McAllen it's just as suddenly not so calm; wind consistent now and gusts from time to time; still not much rain, though.
AT 200 PM CDT...1900Z...THE EYE OF HURRICANE DOLLY WAS LOCATEDNEAR LATITUDE 26.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 97.3 WEST. THIS POSITION ISOVER LAGUNA MADRE ABOUT 35 MILES...60 KM... NORTH-NORTHEAST OFBROWNSVILLE TEXAS AND 30 MILES...51 KM...EAST SOUTHEAST OF RAYMONDVILLE.