Hurricane Alex has made landfall in northeastern Mexico, but the storm will continue to batter South Texas with flooding rain and tropical storm-force winds. More isolated tornadoes may touch down.
Hurricane Alex made landfall at 9 p.m. CDT Wednesday along the coast of Mexico in the municipality of Soto la Marina, which is 110 miles south of Brownsville, Texas.
Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated to be 105 mph, making Alex a Category 2 hurricane.
At 12:30 a.m. CDT, Alex had weakened over northeastern Mexico. Winds had dropped to 85 mph.
The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center has information on Alex's current location, strength and expected track.
More than 5 inches of rain has inundated Brownsville through late Wednesday evening, and rainfall totals will continue to climb through Thursday with life-threatening flooding ensuing.
AccuWeather.com experts are still forecasting 4 to 8 inches of rain across the Rio Grande Valley with local amounts up to a foot.
If Alex slows or stalls, these rainfall totals could double.
The good news for deep South Texas, however, is that Alex is tracking a bit farther south than what was expected Tuesday and will not move as close to the Rio Grande Valley as previously thought. Because of the track being farther south, winds will not be as substantial in South Texas as they will be in Mexico.
Hurricane-force winds are consolidated around the storm's center, extending approximately 35 miles outward. Since Alex made landfall 110 miles south of Brownsville, these hurricane-force winds will stay well south of the Rio Grande Valley.
Tropical storm-force winds, however, are extending about 205 miles out from the storm's center and will affect areas about as far north as Laguna Madre, Texas, Wednesday night. Wind gusts up to 60 mph will lash Brownsville.
Winds of this magnitude will be capable of downing trees and power lines, perhaps onto homes, vehicles and other objects. Power outages can result.
Any brief tornadoes that are spawned by the storm's squall lines could cause more serious damage but over a small area. There have been several reports of tornadoes near Port Isabel, Brownsville and Raymondville so far Wednesday with damage noted on the west side of Brownsville.
Tornadoes have also been reported farther north along the Texas coast near Bayside and Wadsworth.
The storm surge along the extreme southern Texas coast will be between 3 and 6 feet tonight. Seas will remain extremely rough across the western Gulf of Mexico, however, and could cause coastal flooding at any point along the Texas coast. Coastal flooding could even impact portions of the Louisiana coast.
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