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Alex south of border; rain still likely

*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.


July 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Alex reaches hurricane strength


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.


June 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Hurricane warning for Texas, Mexico

*published June 29, 2010

Tropical Storm Alex slowly strengthened overnight and is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane today, according the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.

Overnight, Alex was in the Gulf of Mexico about 500 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas, with sustained winds of 65 mph.

Category 1 hurricanes have winds between 74 and 95 miles per hour, according to the Saffir-Simpson scale.

A Hurricane warning remains in place along the Texas-Mexico border and current projections have the storm making landfall near the border.

With it’s current path, Cameron officials said they only expect minor problems.

“Right now, the weather service is telling us we’ll get an extra foot or two (on our tides) with this current path,” said Clifton Hebert, Cameron Parish emergency preparedness director.

Hebert said officials are on 24-hour call because they know how quickly the situation can change with a storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We’ll be up early this morning checking on Alex again, and if anything changes, we’re ready to regroup and I know our people are.”


June 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm