The disturbed weather that meandered all the way across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa finally developed into a named tropical system. The National Hurricane Center designated the system as Tropical Storm Dolly early this morning.

The reliable forecast models suggest that Dolly will not be an issue for the Louisiana Coast at least as a tropical entity. There could be some residual moisture or a greater chance of thunderstorms over our area later in the week after Dolly has moved ashore in Mexico.

As of 4am the system had 45 mph sustained winds and was moving toward the northwest at 13 mph. This motion and speed is expected to be maintained over the next several hours and if it does that would bring the center of Dolly onshore in eastern Mexico in less than 24hours.

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