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Dolly tracks towards Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Dolly motion is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico and head towards the US/Mexico border later in the week, according to the United States National Hurricane Centre.

Dolly is the fourth tropical storm to form in the Atlantic this year, and follows in the wake of Hurricane Bertha earlier this month, which skated past Bermuda.

At around 09:00 UTC on Monday, Dolly made landfall just south of Cancun on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with sustained winds of around 50 mph, travelling in a northwest direction, and is forecast to take a turn to the west-northwest. The NHC said tropical storm-force winds extend 175 miles from the centre of the storm.

Dolly is forecast to maintain its tropical storm status over the next 24 hours before favourable environmental conditions for intensification over the Gulf of Mexico could see Dolly strengthen into a category 1 hurricane before making landfall in northern Mexico or southern Texas on 24 July. Based on Dolly’s forecast track, it is not expected to pose a threat to Mexico’s oil installations, Reuters News said.

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