Tropical Storm Dolly: Where will it make landfall?

Tropical Storm Dolly: With sustained winds of near 50 mph, Tropical Storm Dolly could spell a soggy, windy week for those in its path.  

This graphic, produced by the National Hurricane Center, shows probabilities of sustained (1-minute average) surface wind speeds equal to or exceeding 39 mph. These wind speed probability graphics are based on track, intensity, and wind radii forecasts, and on NHC forecast error statistics for those forecast variables during recent years.

Tropical Storm Dolly headed for a soggy collision with Mexico's Gulf coast Tuesday.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center the storm's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday were near 50 mph (85 kph) and it was forecast to strengthen as it approaches the coast Tuesday night and moves inland on Wednesday.

The storm was expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to northwest Mexico.

The Mexican government issued tropical storm warning for Mexico's coast covering an area from Cabo Rojo to Barra El Mezquital. The government later discontinued the warming for areas south of Cabo Rojo.

Dolly was centered about 145 miles east-southeast of La Pesca and it was moving to the west-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).

The National Hurricane Center defines a tropical storm as a cyclone with sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph. Cyclones with higher wind speeds are classified as hurricanes. Hurricanes with sustained wind speeds exceeding 111 mph are considered major hurricanes.

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