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  • Hurricane Alex

    Well, our first hurricane of the Atlantic season has arrived.  Alex is the first June hurricane since 1995 which is pretty impressive.  We don’t see them very often this time of year so soon.   The storm is a little over 200 miles southeast of Brownsville Texas. Winds are at 80 mph, and still strengthening. It’s moving WNW, but observations from the NHC are saying that this storm is in no hurry to make landfall!  The forecast track has it pushing onshore tonight or tomorrow morning in Northeast Mexico.   We’ll see rain and thunderstorms all along the Gulf from Texas up through Louisiana with heavier showers moving in later this afternoon.  Up to a foot of rain could fall across parts of south Texas with isolated totals of 20 inches possible in the mountains.  2-4 inches of rain is possible up into Louisiana. We could also see isolated tornadoes through the day and night as the outer bands move across land. 3-5 foot storm surge is possible along the south Texas coast, with a water rise of 1-2 feet as far west as New Orleans.

    Here’s a pretty cool view of the 3-D tropical satellite.  This hurricane is huge, and takes up at least half the Gulf.  Tropical storm force winds extend 200 miles from the center of the storm. 

    Even though Alex won’t make a direct hit on the Oil Spill, we’re still unfortunately going to see more oil making its way onshore since the counter-clockwise winds from the storm and high pressure building north and east of Alex will bring very strong winds on shore from the southeast, and some big waves.  Clean up and skimmer crews have been shut-down until Alex clears.

    That’s it for now.  The Atlantic basin looks quiet once Alex moves inland, but I have a feeling we’re going to be dealing with another tropical system very soon.

    JD

olga guajardo

Monterrey is Mexico’s third largest city. Mexico’s President has declared Monterrey a disaster area. Cars, roads, bridges and even residents have swept away in this catastrophe. It is expected to take 6 months for just the cleaning operations and at least two years for reconstruction. The storm damage from Hurricane Alex didn’t seem to make much international news. We are Stronger Together. watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6i81n9s9QQ

July 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm

BGinTX.

Good Morning to all. Cloudy and raining,and 76.Much more rain is expected this pm and tonight.Margie, glad you made it through the day.Don't worry about other peoples feelings or lack there of.Just know that all of us think and care about you.Have a blessed day.Hope everyone else is having a great day.BG>

July 1, 2010 at 10:56 am

JB in Texas

JD, Just saw your weather segment a few minutes ago. Looking lovely in blue! Margie, glad you got through yesterday. I think the folks who didn't say much probably didn't know how to express themselves. When a friend faces a crisis, it is really difficult for some to know how to express their true feelings and so they say very little. Rain has been all around us here, but not much has actually fallen. That may change tonight, with heavy rains forecasted. Hope all stay safe, JB

July 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

Margie Gacki

Hey folks, I just wanted to check in to say hello. Yesterday was pretty awful but it did have its high points. I had a great lunch with the education dept. & I got a lot of well wishes from people. I was disappointed in some folks, though. Some people I thought would show concern didn't, but they were outnumbered by those who did show concern. I'm exhausted emotionally & physically. I'll check back in later when I have more time. I have to run some errands this morning. Have a great day! Margie

July 1, 2010 at 9:03 am

Tn~Deb

Cooler temps and low humidity here. Had the AC off all day yesterday, and looks like the windows will be open again today. High to reach 81-82. Prayers to all in the path of Alex. And prayers to our Don and Margie. JD, hope you're feeling better, and have your taste buds back. Have a great day y'all. Deb

July 1, 2010 at 8:13 am

richard king/ LONDON

Hey Janice happy Canada day!!!!!!!!!! hope you and your family are well as with everybody else God bless Richard.

July 1, 2010 at 3:08 am

marie /ohio

Margie & Don God bless you both. Hope all will prayer my older brother In in brownville. lot of family there & austin. at this point I am much in prayer. may all have a safe weekend. prayers marie

June 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm

BGinTX.

Thanks Janice for keeping us updated on Alex.Hopefully it won't be that bad. Margie, just remember that us bloggers are thinking and praying for you on your last day at work.Sometimes things happen and better days are waiting for you.Please keep us posted so we can continue to keep you company on the blog. Don, praying for you as usual. Have a wonderful day everyone.BG.

June 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

alexandrea red

is scary

June 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

A.J.De Young

Good Morning Weather Bloggers, looks like today will be a stormy day in many place, hope all in Texas will be safe, though sounds like lots rain will fall on them, Don hope it has been a good as it can be at this time week, and Margie, love and prayers and thoughts to you today, we will all wait to see what God has waiting for you around the corner, it has to be good as the lady rounding that corner, JD hope you are all better for 4th goodies. AJ

June 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.