TxDOT advises against travel in hurricane region

| 7/24/2008

Transportation officials in Texas closed several roadways and issued travel advisories in the region hardest hit by Hurricane Dolly’s high winds and heavy rains.

Dolly pounded the southern coast of Texas and Northeast Mexico and had an estimated rainfall of 8-20 inches on Wednesday, July 23.

As Dolly’s strength diminished, National Weather Service officials discontinued the storm warning but said portions of South-Central Texas faced an isolated risk of tornadoes on Thursday, July 24.

Midday news reports indicated a small tornado had touched down south of downtown San Antonio.

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Hurricane Dolly caused flooding and power outages in a coastal area from Brownsville to just north of Corpus Christi and about as far inland as Edinburg, TxDOT Spokesman Mark Cross told Land Line and Land Line Now on Thursday.

TxDOT issued travel warnings and advisories for all motorists and truckers for coastal counties hardest hit.

“I would recommend that people not move at all because there’s just so much power out,” Cross said.

“There’s so much widespread power outage, so many signs down, so many signals not working that it’s really dangerous to travel right now in that area.”

Cross said TxDOT ordered extra hands on deck to assess the damage and restore movement as quickly as possible.

“The bigger freeways in the area are still pretty much open,” he said.

“There is still water in the roadways. A small section of U.S. 83 in the Weslaco, TX, area, has lanes closed, but Business 83 is the detour there.”

– By David Tanner, staff writer

– Staff Writer Reed Black contributed to this report