August 21, 1996 in Nation/World

Storm Hits Coast, Then Loses Strength

Associated Press

Dolly surged to hurricane strength as it swept ashore along a remote stretch of Caribbean coast on Tuesday, only to weaken to a tropical storm again as it plowed across the Yucatan peninsula.

Minor flooding and minimal damage was reported in the Yucatan. The government news agency Notimex said at least two fishermen were missing.

Forecasters said Dolly could strengthen again after entering the Gulf of Mexico, continuing to seesaw in intensity.

The storm blew at only 30 mph Monday, but hit hurricane strength of 75 mph Tuesday just as it reached Punta Herrero, a tiny settlement south of Cozumel.

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