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Tropical Storm Don moving closer to Texas

Tropical Storm Don's maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 50 mph with only slight strengthening expected before it reaches the coast of Texas late Friday or early Saturday.

By Associated Press / July 29, 2011

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, July 29 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Tropical Storm Don continues moving through the western Gulf of Mexico, edging towards southeastern Texas.

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Tropical Storm Don is moving closer to southeast Texas as it crosses the central Gulf of Mexico, but it isn't expected to become a hurricane.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Don's maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 50 mph (80 kph) with only slight strengthening expected before it reaches the coast of Texas late Friday or early Saturday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Texas coast from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Matagorda.

Don is centered about 255 miles (395 kilometers) southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and is moving west-northwest near 14 mph (22 kph).

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