Alex reaches hurricane strength

June 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Tropical Storm Alex became Category 1 Hurricane Alex at around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday and continued it’s trek toward the Texas-Mexico border.

Hurricane warnings were in place from South Padre Island to the mouth of the Rio Grande, according to the National Weather Service.

Alex had sustained winds of 75 mph and was moving at around 9 mph.

Landfall is expected this afternoon or evening. AccuWeather forecasters say Alex could still reach Category 2 status.

Category 2 hurricanes have wind speeds of between 96 and 110 miles per hour.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has declared a state of emergency for 19 coastal counties, but no evacuation notice was issued, according to the official state government website, texas. gov.

For the Lake Area, weather service forecaster say Alex will be dumping about two to five inches of rain.

Alex is the first named storm of the 2010 season and the first June hurricane since 1995, according the National Weather Service.

According to the Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, the impacts of Hurricane Alex to Cameron Parish would be mostly above-normal high tide.

High tides today and Thursday could run about three to four feet above normal.

No evacuations are planned at this time, but residents in low-lying area should monitor the weather very closely.

Rainfall of up to six inches in isolated areas can be expected of the next couple days.

Wave action is expected to affect La. 82 in areas from Holly Beach west. Residents are urged not to drive through water as it may contain large debris and is going to be salt water, not fresh water.

Lower Cameron Parish residents are urged to have their plans in place and be prepared to act on a moment’s notice if conditions change.

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