Alex Slams South Texas with Flooding Rain, Wind, Tornadoes
By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
July 01, 2010, 7:04:07 AM EDT
Share this article:
While a weakening Alex will continue to unleash flooding rain today, the storm has already caused damage in northeastern Mexico and South Texas.
Alex made landfall at 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday along the northeastern coast of Mexico in the municipality of Soto la Marina. The landfall site is located 110 miles south of Brownsville, Texas.
The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center has information on Alex's current location, strength and expected track.
Mexican emergency officials told CNN that Alex has been blamed on the death of at least one person. A contractor was killed in Monterrey, Mexico, on Wednesday when rain caused a wall to collapse on him. AccuWeather.com Facebook Fan Arturo Salinas reported on Thursday that the Santa Catarina River in Monterrey is showing dramatic increases in water levels.
Prior to landfall, bands of heavy rain and gusty winds spread across South Texas on Wednesday. The winds frequently gusted to tropical storm force, especially in the afternoon and overnight hours.
The strongest wind gust in South Texas (not including in isolated tornadoes) was measured on the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, which connects South Padre Island to the Texas Mainland. Winds peaked at 66 mph on Wednesday evening.
The howling winds forced officials to close the causeway as early as 1:30 p.m. CDT.
The following are other peak wind gusts across South Texas: --South Padre Island: 56 mph --Port Isabel: 53 mph --Corpus Christi: 52 mph --Brownsville: 48 mph
The gusty winds resulted in widespread power outages in Brownsville. Power lines brought down by the winds in Port Isabel began smoking after landing in flood waters.
Damage also resulted along the Texas coastline on Wednesday from the handful of isolated tornadoes that Alex spawned. One of these twisters touched down on the west side of Brownsville and overturned a mobile home.
Flooding also ensued across South Texas and northeastern Mexico due to Alex's storm surge and torrential rainfall.
Streets became flooded in Brownsville, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon. The flood waters began entering the city's children's museum at 3 p.m.
Brownsville's airport has picked up 6.80 inches in 36 hours, ending at 8 a.m. EDT. The 5.86 inches of rain that fell alone on Wednesday broke the daily rainfall record of 3.80 inches from 1995.
McAllen, Texas, measured 6.66 inches on Wednesday, shattering the day's previous rainfall record of 0.85 of an inch from 2007. Wednesday is now also the city's wettest June day on record. As of 8 a.m. EDT, McAllen has received 7.60 inches in 36 hours.
Other rainfall amounts produced by Alex are given below. The following are 36-hour totals, ending at 5 a.m. CDT Thursday: --Weslaco: 5.76 inches --Del Rio: 5.17 inches --Port Isabel: 4.72 inches --Corpus Christi: 4.16 inches
More recent rainfall totals as of 8 a.m., EDT in Mexico and Texas on Thursday: --Monterrey: 9.00 inches --Soto La Marina: 7.60 inches --Monclova: 2.40 inches --McAllen: 7.60 inches --Brownsville: 6.80 inches --Weslaco: 5.80 inches
Additional rainfall today into Friday threatens to trigger more flooding problems across South Texas.
Content contributed by AccuWeather.com Staff Writer Carly Porter.
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
More Weather News
Dams date back to around 2950-2750 B.C., when the ancient Egyptians built the first known dam, but it's not common to learn about their purpose and how they work.
2nd winterlike storm of week to bring snow, ice and rain to eastern US from Wednesday night to Friday
Weather News - November 12, 2018, 3:06:50 PM EST
A storm with snow, ice and rain will bring travel disruptions from the Midwest and southern United States to the Northeast spanning Wednesday night to Friday.
Weather News - November 12, 2018, 11:52:48 AM EST
One of the most well-known meteor showers of the year is set to peak this weekend as the Leonids will be on full display across Europe.
Over 200 remain missing in Northern California as firefighters battle Camp Fire, which is tied for deadliest in state history
Weather News - November 12, 2018, 8:02:26 PM EST
The most destructive wildfire in California history continues to burn in Northern California in Butte County. The fire has destroyed hundreds of buildings and has placed hundreds of lives at risk.
75,000 Los Angeles County homes remain evacuated, number of destroyed homes expected to rise as Woolsey Fire rages in Southern California
Weather News - November 12, 2018, 1:51:06 PM EST
Extreme fire behavior will continue to challenge firefighters in Southern California early this week as they look to gain ground on two large wildfires.
Weather News - November 12, 2018, 10:03:03 AM EST
Heavy rain and thunderstorms slammed parts of Argentina over the weekend, and more is on the way through Tuesday.
Weather News - November 12, 2018, 12:03:09 PM EST
A rocket will streak across the sky over the mid-Atlantic early Thursday morning as NASA launches a spacecraft from the Virginia coast.
Weather News - November 12, 2018, 4:08:00 PM EST
Cyclonic Storm Gaja formed this weekend in the Bay of Bengal and will track westward toward southern India in the coming days.