It’s official. As per the 10pm public advisory from the NOAA, the first hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season is Hurricane Alex. This is also the first Atlantic hurricane in the month of June since 1995. Alex is right on the border of hurricane status, packing winds of 75mph and gusts of 85mph, making him a very weak Category 1.
NOAA isÂ forecastingÂ Alex to strengthen a bit more over the next day or so but he won’t get up to Category 2 status. The predicted track has Alex making landfall just south of the most eastern Texas/Mexico border as a weak Category 1 storm. If you’re located in that area, please take caution and make sure you are prepared!!
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 75 MPH…120 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ALEX IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST PRIOR TO LANDFALL. ALEX WILL BEGIN TO WEAKEN AFTER ITS CENTER CROSSES THE COASTLINE.
Also, if you’re wondering what effect if any tropical storms will have on the oil spill, we’ve got all the info you need in this post: Hurricanes and the Oil Spill: The Facts.