BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Hurricane Alex is on a heading toward
Mexico and the south Texas coastline.
The National Hurricane Center says Alex has top winds of 80 mph
but is expected to strengthen, possibly into a Category 2 hurricane
by the time it comes ashore either late tonight or early tomorrow.
Bands of rain from the storm are already lashing south Texas and
Alex is on track to make landfall south of Matamoros, Mexico,
some 100 miles south of Brownsville.
Three oil rigs and 28 platforms in the storm's path have been
evacuated, but Alex is projected to stay far away from BP's
ruptured well and the oil spill zone. However, the storm is
producing bigger waves, tossing around some of the oil-soaking
booms and pushing more oil onto Gulf coast beaches.
Alex is the first June hurricane from the Atlantic since 1995.