Alex south of border; rain still likely

July 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

*published July 1, 2010

Michael Collins, left, and Austin Vincent, both of Grand Lake, watch waves kicked up by Hurricane Alex, crash around them on Wednesday on the shores of Rutherford Beach in Cameron Parish. Collins' mother, Priscilla Collins, brought the boys down to the beach to see how even a far off hurricane could affect the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. BY CLAUDETTE OLIVIER

Hurricane Alex made landfall at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in an unpopulated area of the Mexican coast about 100 miles south of the U.S. border, forecasters said.

Once landfall took place, the worst was over for Cameron Parish, said Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Clifton Hebert.

Hebert said the tides were 2 to 3 feet above normal at Holly Beach and that winds knocked down some of the Hesco barriers put up to hold back any oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

“They kept the water from getting to the road, which was the point,” Hebert said.

Louisiana National Guard soldiers will be out today and Friday fixing them and adding more barriers, Hebert said.

On Wednesday, the Lake Area got a dose of heavy rain brought by Alex. Residents should expect thunderstorms and an 80 percent chance of rain today and a 60 percent chance of rain Friday.

Alex reached Category 2 status, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.

The National Weather Service says the storm will continue northwest over Mexico and dissipate within the next two days.



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