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Governor Declares Victoria to Be Part of Disaster Area

July 22, 2008

By Victoria Advocate, Texas

Jul. 22–With an update due at 4 p.m. by the National Weather Service but in advance of the Tropical Storm Dolly Gov. Rick Perry has issued a disaster declaration for 14 South Texas counties according to a news release.

The counties are: Aransas, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and Willacy. The declaration allows the state to send emergency resources to the areas in the storm’s path.

Perry said that because Dolly could make landfall along the Texas coast, “the state is taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety of our residents.”

Dolly is expected to strengthen to hurricane level Tuesday and make landfall near Brownsville Wednesday.

The center of Dolly was southeast of Brownsville at 1 p.m. Maximum sustained winds are 70 mph and the minimum central pressure is 990 mb.

Dolly is on a track to make landfall along the lower Texas coast Wednesday morning. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect from Port Aransas to Port O’Connor.

Put away lawn furniture and other loose, light weight objects such as garbage cans and garden tools. Make sure you have plenty of cash in case power goes out and automated teller machines do not work.

Swells from Dolly will begin to affect middle Texas coast beaches late this afternoon and evening.

This will cause minor flooding of area beaches, especially during peak high tide. Dangerous rip currents can also be expected.

Water levels 1 to 2 feet above normal can be expected late this afternoon and evening and on Wednesday.

High tides at Port Aransas today are expected at 6:19 p.m. today and 7:46 a.m. Wednesday. At Port O’Connor, high tide is predicted at 6:07 p.m. today and 10:13 a.m. Wednesday.

Locally heavy rainfall is expected to begin tonight and continue through Thursday. Localized flooding will be possible, especially Wednesday through Thursday.

Rainfall amounts averaging between 3 and 4 inches are expected over the next few days across this area.

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