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Jul282011

Tropical Storm Don Headed for Southern Texas

NOAA/National Weather Service(DALLAS) -- Tropical Storm Don is currently moving across the Gulf of Mexico, forecast to make landfall in southern Texas by this week's end.  And with it, locals hope, will come some much needed heat relief and rain to the drought-ravaged parts of the Lone Star State.

Hurricane Forecaster Daniel Brown with the National Hurricane Center says the storm "will be approaching the coast of Texas late Friday or Friday night."

Don, however, may not bring enough rain to compensate for the summer's heat since, as Brown says, it's not expected "to gain too much strength over the next day or so. It looks like once it makes landfall it will weaken rather quickly and likely dissipate within a day or so of landfall."

Still, Texans have their fingers crossed.

"We'd love to see the tropical storm that would bring plenty of moisture, not only wind, [that] would hit the spot," says rancher Skeeter Stoles, whose water source for his cattle -- a once 12-foot deep pond -- has run dry.

For now, the streak of consecutive, 100-degree days stands at 26.

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