Drought-Plagued Texas Welcomes Tropical Don

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As Tropical Storm Don moves steadily closer to southeast Texas, a warning is in effect for the state's coast from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.

The National Hurricane Center does not expect Don to become a hurricane.  Forecasters predict the storm will make landfall on Saturday bringing with it rain.

With 90 percent of the state experiencing the third worst drought in the state's history, Texans are praying for a downpour.

"We'd love to see a tropical storm come---bringing us all that moisture without all that wind," one Texas resident exclaimed. "That would hit the spot!"

Farmers across the Lone Star State are dealing with dried up cattle ponds and moisture-deprived farm fields as a result of the nine-month dry spell.

"It seems like everybody is holding their breath waiting for it to end and the weather patterns to turn back to normal," one farmer said.

"We've been short on rain, real short for quite some time," another farmer said.

Animals in Texas are suffering as well.  Wildlife experts have found many that are starving and dehydrated. One mountain lion even ventured into a car wash looking for water.

Unfortunately, Tropical Don is only expected to yield about three inches of rain - not the foot needed for the Lone Star State to return to normal.

"It's been so dry in Texas for so long, this one storm will be a drop in an empty bucket," Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said.

"For rainfall potential, it doesn't really matter whether or not it becomes a hurricane," Nielsen-Gammon added. "Hurricanes are windier, but they're not rainier. Some of Texas's worst floods have come from tropical storms or tropical depressions."

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