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BREAKING WX 4:30pm 7-23-08 Dolly Batters Texas-Mexico Border; Widespread Flooding Likely
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 2:29pm
BROWNSVILLE, TX From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: HURRICANE UPDATE 4:30pm 7-23-08  Packing winds of 100 mph, Hurricane Dolly roared ashore at Padre Island in south Texas about 1pm Wednesday, July 23rd. 

According to the National Hurricane Center, Dolly was soon downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, about an hour after she made landfall.

The storm, the second of the Atlantic hurricane season, had moved out to 35 miles east of Brownsville, Texas, by 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET), the center said. Earlier, it had been just 30 miles from the city.

It was expected to resume its push to the northwest soon, forecasters said. Video Watch coast pounded by wind and rain  

National Weather Service radar spotted at least one tornado in the Brownsville area on Wednesday morning. A tornado watch was in effect for a swath of southern Texas and some Texas coastal waters until 7 p.m.

CNN reports the hurricane center said Dolly is expected to produce from 8 to 12 inches of rain, with up to 20 inches in some isolated spots, and widespread flooding is likely.

It forecast coastal storm surges of 6 to 8 feet above normal tides.

People in the path of the storm had stacked sandbags around their homes, nailed plywood over windows and prepared generators to keep power going in the event of a blackout.

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