Hurricane Alex Makes Landfall

July 1, 2010

Forecasters say the first Atlantic hurricane of the season has made landfall in northeastern Mexico.

The Category 2 storm churning in the Gulf of Mexico has sustained winds of near 105 mph. The National Hurricane Center says it made landfall about 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Soto La Marina along the coast.

The storm is far from the Gulf oil spill, but cleanup vessels were sidelined by the hurricane's ripple effects. Six-foot waves churned up by the hurricane splattered beaches in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida with oil and tar balls.

Hurricane Alex flooded roads and forced thousands of people to evacuate fishing villages.

It is moving west at about 10 mph. As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, it was about 110 miles south of Brownsville, Texas.


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