BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Hurricane Dolly slammed into the South
Texas today with punishing rain and winds of 100 miles per hour.
The storm blew down signs, damaged an apartment complex and knocked
out power to thousands before weakening over land.
Dolly came ashore South Padre Island as a Category 2 storm.
Officials in Cameron County say levees, which they feared could
fail and cause massive flooding, are holding up fine.
Most of the destruction was on South Padre Island. Part of an
apartment complex roof collapsed, and a hotel sign blew off. The
causeway linking the island to the mainland was closed.
Authorities say a 17-year-old boy fell from a seventh-story
balcony, injuring his head, breaking his hip and fracturing his
leg. He was being treated at an island fire station.
In Brownsville, palm trees leaned and small debris was strewn
across the all-but empty streets. The windows and doors of shops
were boarded up with plywood and most businesses were closed.
Thousands were without power in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy
counties, as well as South Padre Island.
Dolly is the first hurricane to hit the U.S. since the
fast-forming Humberto came ashore in South Texas last September.
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