Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hurricane Dolly churns toward US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Hurricane Dolly muscled its way across the Gulf of Mexico toward the US-Mexican border, forcing the evacuation of thousands in Mexico while US oil rigs put their staff ashore and the US Navy sheltered aircraft.

Packing sustained winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, the second hurricane of the season was about 205 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of the Texas border town of Brownsville, the US National Hurricane Center said.

The storm was moving northwest at 18 kph (11 mph), the center said in its latest update at 0000 GMT.

"This motion is expected to continue until landfall of the center of Dolly along the coast of northeastern Mexico or extreme southern Texas near midday (1700 GMT) Wednesday," it added.

"Some additional strengthening is forecast before landfall," it added.

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