Alex eyes landfall

It didn’t take long this year to produce the Atlantic’s 1st hurricane.

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GOES visible image shows a better organized Hurricane Alex approaching Mexico’s Gulf Coast Wednesday.

Hurricane Alex is moving slowly (WNW 7 mph) toward shore today and is expected to make landfall along the coast of Mexico south of the Texas border just after midnight Thursday.

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Here are the stats as of early Wednesday from NHC. Updated stats here.

BULLETIN

HURRICANE ALEX INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 19A

NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012010

700 AM CDT WED JUN 30 2010

…ALEX MOVING IN NO HURRY……

SUMMARY OF 700 AM CDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION

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LOCATION…23.4N 95.3W

ABOUT 155 MI…250 KM E OF LA PESCA MEXICO

ABOUT 220 MI…355 KM SE OF BROWNSVILLE TEXAS

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…80 MPH…130 KM/HR

PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 7 MPH…11 KM/HR

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…959 MB…28.32 INCHES

Alex is a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, but the slow moving storm may have enough time over the warm Gulf waters to strengthen before moving ashore. Winds could approach 100 mph just before landfall.

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Alex is the first June hurricane to form in the Atlantic since 1995.

Rain bands from Alex reach as far east as the Louisiana coast today. Since Alex is a slow mover, one of the biggest threats will be extremely heavy rainfall in the order of 6 to 12 inches with isolated 20 inch totals over the next two days in northern Mexico and south Texas.

PH

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