by Staff Writers
Miami (AFP) July 28, 2011
Tropical storm Don strengthened slightly on Thursday as it churned through the Gulf of Mexico toward the southeast coast of Texas, the National Hurricane Center said.
At 18h00 GMT on Thursday, Don was 475 miles (765 kilometers) from Corpus Christi and 430 miles from Brownsville, both on the Gulf coast. The storm was expected to make landfall Friday or Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds had reached 45 miles per hour, and Don was moving northwest at a speed of 15 mph, the Miami-based NHC said on its website.
"On this track, the center of Don should... approach the Texas coast on Friday and reach the Texas coast Friday night or Saturday," it said, adding that the storm could gather strength in the next 36 hours.
Most of the Gulf coast in Texas was under a storm warning or watch, but oil hubs Galveston and Houston appeared to be in the clear.
Don, the fourth tropical storm in the Atlantic this season, is the second to cross the Gulf of Mexico after Arlene hit east and central Mexico in June.
The Atlantic hurricane season spans six months from June to November, with the highest number of storms taking place in September and October.
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Weakened Hurricane Dora threatens Mexico's Baja
Mexico City (AFP) July 22, 2011
Hurricane Dora lost steam early Friday as it brushed Mexico's coast, and while it was expected to remain offshore the storm could cause dangerous conditions on the Baja peninsula, officials said. The fourth hurricane of the 2011 season in the eastern Pacific weakened to a category two storm and further downsizing was forecast, but it was still packing heavy rains and sustained winds of 165 k ... read more
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