Alex Poised To Strike Northern Mexico, West U Area To See Thundershowers

June 30, 2010

As Hurricane Alex continues to move toward an expected landfall in northern Mexico tonight or early tomorrow, the West U area is expected to see showers and thundershowers over the next several days as a result of Gulf moisture being pushed ashore across much of the Texas coast.

Early Wednesday morning, Alex was about 175 miles east of LaPesca, Mexico and about 235 miles southeast of Brownsville, moving west-northwest at seven miles-per-hour.

The storm has sustained winds of 80 miles per hours, making it a Category 1 storm. Forecasters say it could strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall.

The West U area is expected to see rain into the Fourth of July weekend as moisture is being pushed in from the Gulf. There is a 70 percent chance of rainfall today, today and tonight, increasing to 80 percent for Thursday.

As much as an inch of rain could fall each day.

Today’s high is expected to reach 85, with an overnight low of 76. Winds will be from the northeast at 10 – 20 mph.

Rain chances will decrease into the Fourth of July weekend, but a chance of scattered thundershowers will remain in the forecast through Sunday.

Alex, the first June Atlantic hurricane since 1995, currently has hurricane force winds extending out 25 miles from the eye, with tropical storm force winds extending out as far as 200 miles.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from Baffin Bay to the mouth of the Rio Grande River, and along the Mexican coast from the Rio Grande south to La Cruz. A tropical storm warning extends from Baffin Bay to Port O’Connor, and from La Cruz to Cabo Rojo.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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