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Hello, Dolly: Tropical Storm Predicted to Make Landfall in Mexico

Now upgraded from a Depression to a Tropical Storm, Dolly continues to head for the coast of Mexico. The National Weather Service predicts that Dolly will make landfall later today or early tomorrow.


Dolly is expected to hit the coast of Veracruz within the next 12 hours, likely between Laguna Madre and Cabo Rojo, a barrier island near the city of Tuxpan.


As of 10 a.m. this morning, the storm had maximum sustained winds near 50 mph. Winds are predicted to strengthen before the center of the storm reaches the coast. According to forecaster Richard Pasch of the National Hurricane Center, Dolly is expected to produce between five and ten inches of rain, and possibly up to 15 inches in some areas.


“This rainfall is expected to cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides in areas of mountainous terrain,” warned a release from the NHC.


Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Norbert is spinning in the Eastern Pacific. Currently, the storm is expected to remain offshore of southwest Mexico.


In September of last year, Hurricane Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel both struck the eastern coast of Mexico within 24 hours, killing 192 people and causing billions in damage.

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