Coastal areas could see near-hurricane conditions Saturday morning
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — If it stays on course for the next 48 hours, Tropical Storm Don could be a drought-busting storm for parts of the south-central plains, especially Texas, that are experiencing historic dryness. Rainfall is 10 or move inches below average for the past year across parts of the area, So Don’s moisture could bring some relief an help firefighters who have been battling the biggest fires ever reported in Texas.
Tropical Storm Don is currently located of the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and is expected to strengthen over the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But for now, forecast models are holding Don at tropical storm strength until just before it makes landfall. The forecast discussion from the National Hurricane Center discusses the possibility of additional strengthening just before the storm hits the coast. Tropical storm watches have been issued for large parts of the coast.
The track of the storm is being determined by the position of a strong ridge of high pressure over the southern states. With no big change in the larger weather picture, Don should continue moving northwest along its current track until it hits the coast of Texas.
Don is the fourth named storm of the season in the Atlantic. There have also been four named storms in the Eastern Pacific, most recently Hurricane Dora, which moved up the coast and toward Baja before veering off to sea.
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