please, Don, send raindrops

Praying no harm or damage for folks on the coastline – but we sure could some rain in our Neck of the Woods.

Tropical Storm Don is expected to make landfall in Texas in about 18 hours and quickly lose strength, dissipating completely in two days, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The storm, with maximum winds of 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, is about 165 miles east of Brownsville, Texas, and bands of rain swirling out from its core are approaching the coastline, according to a center advisory issued shortly before 10 a.m. local time.

“Slight strengthening is possible before landfall with steady weakening expected after landfall,” the center said.

Storms are watched closely because they are a threat to oil and natural gas interests in the Gulf, home to 31 percent of U.S. oil output and 7 percent of natural gas production. Coastal refineries account for 7.61 million barrels a day, or 42 percent of U.S. capacity.


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