The tropics across the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico remain very active for July. Tropical Storm Cristobal gave Eastern North Carolina a brief but glancing blow on Sunday with very little damage reported. The storm never really got that strong with wind speeds not exceeding 40 mph even on the Outer Banks. Rainfall was fairly light as well with many inland location receiving little or no rain. By Monday evening the storm was over 300 miles away from North Carolina and steadily moving away from the state. Meanwhile Tropical Storm Dolly is taking a direct aim at southern Texas where she is likely to make landfall on Wednesday. Sustained winds are currently 50 mph but she is expected to intensify to a category 1 storm before landfall. Heavy rain is also expected across much of southern Texas by the middle of the week.