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    Alex Makes Landfall in Northeastern Mexico

    By By Heather Buchman, Meteorologist
    July 01, 2010, 1:37:42 AM EDT

    Hurricane Alex made landfall in northeastern Mexico at 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday. Alex will continue to weaken on Thursday, but life-threatening flooding and mudslides along with damaging winds will all be threats to people across northeastern Mexico.

    Hurricane Alex made landfall at 9 p.m. CDT on 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.

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    The interaction with land has caused Alex to weaken since landfall. At 12:30 a.m. CDT, maximum-sustained winds had dropped to 85 mph. The center of Alex was churning about 35 miles northwest of La Pesca, Mexico.

    Hurricane-force winds extend only about 35 miles out from the storm's center, limiting extensive damage to a small area. Tropical storm-force winds, on the other hand, will affect a large area from just north of Tampico, Mexico, to Laguna Madre, Texas, into Thursday.

    The winds will be strong enough to take down trees and power lines and cause minor damage to buildings and homes. Any brief tornadoes that are spawned could cause more serious damage, but over a much smaller area.


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    Alex will also trigger more flooding across northeastern Mexico and South Texas. The storm will unleash a widespread 4 to 8 inches of rain with local amounts up to a foot through Thursday night.

    Although Alex will weaken rapidly after moving inland, the potential for severe flooding and mudslides will extend farther inland through the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon by late Thursday.

    In the Sierra Madre and cities just to the east, including Monterrey and Ciudad Victoria, there could be localized rainfall amounts up to 20 inches. The torrential rain threatens to trigger life-threatening flooding and mudslides.

    Content in this story contributed by Jim Andrews, Senior Meteorologist.

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