As of 8pm EDT, Tropical Storm Dolly was located about 405 miles east-southeast of Brownsville, Texas with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph. It is moving to the west at 16 mph.
Tropical Storm Dolly has spent the majority of the day over the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico but it struggled mightily to organize and intensify.
With a favorable atmospheric environment in place and Gulf of Mexico water temperatures near 85 degrees, Dolly was expected to strengthen throughout the day. That being said, this evening, satellite images show Dolly is finally getting its act together and thunderstorms are developing around the center of circulation.
Even with its sluggish development, Dolly is still forecast to reach hurricane status some time on Tuesday.
A hurricane watch is posted from Brownsville, Texas, northward to Port O’Connor. Hurricane warnings will likely be issued tonight.
Rain bands from the outer fringes of Dolly will begin to impact south Texas coastline Tuesday afternoon with deteriorating conditions as Dolly approaches.
A landfall is anticipated near the Texas/Mexico border by Wednesday afternoon or evening. Residents of South Padre Island, Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, and Corpus Christi (along with surrounding areas) should pay very close to Tropical Storm Dolly as it travels across the western Gulf of Mexico.