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Tropical Storm Watch issued for Texas coast

by Gene Norman / KHOU 11 News and khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:59 PM

A tropical storm watch was issued Wednesday as Tropical Storm Don moves across the Gulf of Mexico toward the southeastern Texas coast, where it's expected to make landfall early Saturday.

The storm edged past the Yucatan peninsula late Wednesday, but it didn't strengthen much during the early evening.  The system is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi around 1 a.m. on Saturday, according to KHOU 11 News Metorologist David Paul.

"It looks like we're going to be on the dirty side of the storm, so even though we're outside the forecast cone we could still see strong storms," said Paul. "When those rain storms come through, that will be when we get the gusty winds."

The new track from the National Hurricane Center shows little change too as Don could end up as far north as near San Luis Pass or as far south as Port Mansfield:

The forecast doesn't show Don getting any stronger than a tropical storm, but any storm in the Gulf needs to be watched very carefully.  It's not out of the question that Don could briefly become a hurricane before making landfall.  So the best thing to do is to remain alert and aware of any changes. 

Also, Wednesday the National Hurricane Center posted tropical storm watches for the Texas coast pretty much in the same place as the orange "cone of uncertainty" in the graphic below:

A watch means tropical storm force winds (39-74 mph) are possible late Friday evening.  As the location of the storm's landfall becomes more of a certainty, a tropical storm warning will be issued.  That could happen as early as Thursday.  Again, stay alert to any changes with Don's track on KHOU 11 News and khou.com.

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