Tropical Update 2011: TS Don Forms In S GOM, Western Gulf Coast On Alert

By: hurricaneben , 9:19 PM GMT on July 27, 2011

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After steady organization, the RECON went out earlier today to declare 90L TS Don. Packing winds of 40 MPH, Tropical Storm Don is moving WNW at 12 MPH and residents of the Western Gulf Coast from Lake Charles area to Brownsville is and should be on high alert as this system continues to gather strength. It is located to the North of the Yucatan Peninsula Of Mexico and should move over the unusually steaming SSTs and relatively low shear which should help it intensify at a rather swift pace beginning tonight and the official NHC track takes it up to borderline hurricane strength as it bears down in the Corpus Christi area by Friday afternoon. Considering the abnormally favorable conditions, I think there is a chance Don might get even stronger than currently forecast and even a CAT II shouldn't be ruled out but for now I'll stick with a category one hurricane during landfall. Still Don is specifically a system that anyone in the cone, you guys should take this system seriously because of the conditions on the path of Don. Tropical storm/hurricane watches will likely be issued for portions of Texas later tonight with warnings to follow tomorrow.

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Will devote this hurricane season to provide up-to-the-minute, basic information when a tropical system is threatening land. Both basins included.