By JACOB LOPEZ
Fortunately for San Benito area residents, Dolly will not give a repeat performance of her 2008 debut as a Category 1 Hurricane, which left destruction in its wake throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
However, Tropical Storm Dolly – a system with a familiar name that recently formed in the Gulf of Mexico – will make landfall just south of the Texas-Mexico border near La Pesca, Tamaulipas. TS Dolly will likely bring some light rainfall to the lower RGV.
According to meteorologist Brian Miller of the National Weather Service, the storm will reach wind speeds of about 58 mph with gusts up to 69 mph, and about 5-10 inches of rain for much of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
For San Benito and residents throughout the lower Valley, the storm means about a 70 percent chance of rain through Wednesday with the possibility of some heavier downpours and moderate south-east winds.
By Thursday, chances of rain should decrease to about 20 percent and continue to diminish through the rest of the week.
“As far as rain amounts, we may see a couple of inches, and we could get some good rains out of this,” said Miller.
It won’t be a cause for concern for Valley residents, however.
“We should see some relief over the next couple of days,” he added. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to be anything out of control at the moment.”
As of press time Tuesday, a coastal flood advisory was in effect for Cameron, Kenedy and Willacy counties until 4 p.m. Wednesday.