Tornado on Jul. 23, 2008 04:00 AM CDT (2024)

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been tracking tornadoes for decades. This interactive map, which contains data from January 1950 to January 31, 2024, pinpoints where a cyclone touched down and traces its path of destruction. For more recent tornadoes, clicking deeper provides more details, damage estimates and whether someone was injured or killed in the storm.

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Hurricane Dolly made landfall approximately 80 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas on Wednesday July 23, 2008 between 1 PM and 2 PM, along the unpopulated shoreline of Cameron and Willacy County. Dolly was a Category 2 hurricane at landfall with a minimum central pressure around 967 mb.||Sustained tropical storm force winds spread as far north as the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, with tropical storm force wind gusts impacting nearly the entire Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Plains region. The peak wind gust measured in the Corpus Christi county warning area was 63 MPH at the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) in Alice, Texas. The winds peaked at approximately 60 mph along the barrier island as well from Bob Hall Pier down to Baffin Bay. The gusty winds caused sporadic power outages across the southern Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Plains, primarily between Corpus Christi and Laredo. In addition, sporatic downed trees occurred throughout the region. In Corpus Chrisit, part of the roof of the Memorial Coliseum was torn off by the winds. Two boats, not properly anchored, were also damaged in the Corpus Christi Marina. In Duval County, the roof of a mobile home and V.F.W. Hall were torn off in San Diego from the wind gusts. In Benavides, in addition to tree and power line damage, wind gusts damaged part of a high school football stadium press box.||Although the center of Dolly passed well to our south, her slow forward motion before landfall caused water levels to rise along the Mid Texas Coast. A storm surge of 2.5-3.5 feet MSL was observed along the mid Coast and total storm tides 3-4 feet MSL on North Padre Island shortly after the time of landfall Wednesday Evening. It is also interesting to note that total storm tides peaked at 3-4 feet MSL in the back bays including Nueces Bay and Lavaca Bay.||Isolated tornadoes occurred in the northeast quadrant of Dolly, including one waterspout and three tornadoes in South Texas. Only minor damage was observed. The tornadoes were all rated EF-0, with two occuring in San Paticio County and one in Jim Wells County.||Dolly's slow movement produced torrential rainfall over the mid coast region and Rio Grande Plains. Rainfall totals of 1-2 were observed over northern portions of the region from Victoria to Laredo. Totals of 3-7 were observed generally south of a line from Rockport to Zapata. These heavy rains resulted in flooding of rural low lying roadways including FM 70 near Chapman Ranch in southern Nueces County, FM 628 and 1118 in Kleberg County. Minor street flooding was observed in Jim Wells and Duval Counties. The city of Laredo also experienced street flooding as the center of the circulation passed over the city. The heavy rains had a negative impact on the farmers' ability to harvest the cotton crop. However the rains did end a severe drought which plagued the south Texas region for much of this year. A record rainfall for the dates of July 23rd and 24th occurred at the Corpus Christi International Airport from the rains associated with Dolly.||There were no deaths or injuries reported in the mid coast region from Dolly. Property damage estimates across South Texas were still pending at the time of this writing. The heavy rainfall resulted in a rough estimate of nearly $3.5 million in damage to crops, mainly cotton, however final figures were still pending at the time of this writing.

Date/TimeF ScaleLength (in miles)Width (in feet)Injury*Fataliy**Property DamageCrops Damage
Jul. 23, 2008 03:00 AM CDT0 (0)0 (0)$500,000
Between 3 and 7 inches of rain fell across the southern Coastal Bend of South Texas over a two period. This rainfall was associated with rain bands from Hurricane Dolly. Unfortunately, the primary impact from the rainfall was to cotton and sorghum crops across the region. Much of the cotton crop was waiting to be harvested, and the rainfall either severaly damaged or destoyed it. At the time of this writing, estimates on agriculture losses were very rough and final figures were still pending.
Jul. 23, 2008 03:00 AM CDT0 (0)0 (0)$2,000,000
Between 3 and 7 inches of rain fell across the southern Coastal Bend of South Texas over a two period. This rainfall was associated with rain bands from Hurricane Dolly. Unfortunately, the primary impact from the rainfall was to cotton and sorghum crops across the region. Much of the cotton crop was waiting to be harvested, and the rainfall either severaly damaged or destoyed it. At the time of this writing, estimates on agriculture losses were very rough and final figures were still pending.||A record rainfall was set on the 23rd at the Corpus Christi International Airport with 2.86. On the 24th, another record rainfall was set for the date when 2.61 fell.
Jul. 23, 2008 04:00 AM CDT0 (0)0 (0)$500,000
Between 3 and 7 inches of rain fell across the southern Coastal Bend of South Texas over a two period. This rainfall was associated with rain bands from Hurricane Dolly. Unfortunately, the primary impact from the rainfall was to cotton and sorghum crops across the region. Much of the cotton crop was waiting to be harvested, and the rainfall either severaly damaged or destoyed it. At the time of this writing, estimates on agriculture losses were very rough and final figures were still pending.
Jul. 23, 2008 04:00 AM CDT0 (0)0 (0)$500,000
Between 3 and 7 inches of rain fell across the southern Coastal Bend of South Texas over a two period. This rainfall was associated with rain bands from Hurricane Dolly. Unfortunately, the primary impact from the rainfall was to cotton and sorghum crops across the region. Much of the cotton crop was waiting to be harvested, and the rainfall either severaly damaged or destoyed it. At the time of this writing, estimates on agriculture losses were very rough and final figures were still pending.
Jul. 23, 2008 09:00 AM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
Jul. 23, 2008 11:00 AM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
Jul. 23, 2008 11:40 AM CDTEF01.6200 (0)0 (0)$10,000
This tornado formed just south of the intersection of Highway 136 and Highway 188. An RV trailer was blown over and large tree limbs were broken along the path. Three sheds also collapsed. This tornado moved northeast to southwest.
Jul. 23, 2008 11:55 AM CDTEF00.66250 (0)0 (0)
This tornado touched down in an open cotton field in the outer rainbands of Hurricane Dolly. No damage was reported. This tornado moved northeast to southwest.
Jul. 23, 2008 12:00 PM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
The greatest storm tides in the Corpus Christi CWA occurred in Nueces and Kleberg counties, which was to the right of land-falling eye of Hurricane Dolly in Deep South Texas. Storm surge heights of 2.5 to 3.5 feet were observed in these counties, and storm tide heights of 3 to 4 feet. Minor dune erosion was observed on the gulf facing beaches of Padre and Mustang Islands. Beaches and beach access roads were completed flooded. In addition, low lying areas along the Laguna Madre, in particular Laguna Shores area in Flour Bluff, experienced minor flooding. More significant flooding was observed in the North Beach area of Corpus Christi, where several streets were flooded, including a motel. Also, the Coopers Alley T-Head in downtown Corpus Christi was flooded.
Jul. 23, 2008 12:00 PM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
The greatest storm tides in the Corpus Christi CWA occurred in Nueces and Kleberg counties, which was to the right of land-falling eye of Hurricane Dolly in Deep South Texas. Storm surge heights of 2.5 to 3.5 feet were observed in these counties, and storm tide heights of 3 to 4 feet. Minor dune erosion was observed on the gulf facing beaches of Padre and Mustang Islands. Beaches and beach access roads were completed flooded. In addition, low lying areas along the Laguna Madre, in particular Laguna Shores area in Flour Bluff, experienced minor flooding. More significant flooding was observed in the North Beach area of Corpus Christi, where several streets were flooded, including a motel.
Jul. 23, 2008 13:59 PM CDTEF00.36500 (0)0 (0)
This tornado occurred just north of the intersection of U.S. 281 and C.R. 433, in the outer rainbands of Hurricane Dolly. The tornado moved northeast to southwest, crossing U.S. 281. Several trees were observed damaged along the path.
Jul. 23, 2008 18:00 PM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
Jul. 23, 2008 20:00 PM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
Jul. 23, 2008 22:00 PM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
Jul. 24, 2008 03:50 AM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
Heavy rainfall of up to 4 inches fell in a short period across southern Nueces County resulting in flooding. Flash flooding was observed at F.M. 70 and Highway 286, were the roadway became impassable. This rainfall was associated with the remnants of Hurricane Dolly.
Jul. 24, 2008 06:24 AM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
Heavy rainfall, associated with remnants of Hurricane Dolly, caused flooding along Highway 44, near Clarkwood Rd.
Jul. 24, 2008 10:53 AM CDT0 (0)0 (0)
Fifteen intersections in the City of Laredo were flooded and closed due to heavy rainfall, associated with the remnants of Hurricane Dolly.

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* Direct Fatality (Indirect Fatality)

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F Scale***

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*** Enhanced Fujita Scale describes the strength of the tornado based on the amount and type of damage caused by the tornado. The F-scale of damage will vary in the destruction area; therefore, the highest value of the F-scale is recorded for each event. EF0 – Light Damage (40 – 72 mph), EF1 – Moderate Damage (73 – 112 mph), EF2 – Significant damage (113 – 157 mph), EF3 – Severe Damage (158 – 206 mph), EF4 – Devastating Damage (207 – 260 mph), EF5 – Incredible Damage (261 – 318 mph)

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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