Hurricane Alex 2010 Path Map?

A tropical system in the Caribbean Sea became Tropical Storm Alex Saturday, the first named storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Some are calling it a hurricane.
Tropical Storm Alex was strengthening fast in the western Caribbean on Saturday, and forecasters said it too soon to say if it would hit the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
I hope that doesn't happen since it will force oil spill cleaners to suspend all the activities for two weeks.
Where can I find a map of the Hurricane Alex 2010 path?

asked by Katelyn in Weather | 3631 views | 06-27-2010 at 12:37 AM

As of 8 a.m. Eastern time, the storm was located in the Caribbean Sea and was approaching Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Its current track will take it to the Yucatan or the country of Belize over the next 48 hours.

The Alex tropical storm is likely to pass over the Yucatan land mass early Sunday, weakening a bit before emerging in the Bay of Campeche early next week and strengthening again, possibly into a weak Category 1 hurricane.

Winds in excess of 45 miles per hour days away from the Deepwater Horizon gusher in the Gulf of Mexico spill could force at-sea workers to abandon their oil collection efforts for as long as two weeks, according to the head of the national response effort.

If you want to see a good map of Alex, I recommend stormpulse.com, they track all tropical storms and hurricanes.

Forecasts show Alex churning toward Mexico and missing the northern Gulf Coast and the spill, but officials are watching closely anyway. Emergency plans call for moving workers and equipment before any gale-force winds are forecast to arrive.

Most hurricanes span a huge area, and heavy, sustained winds could push the oil slick toward fragile coastlines with more ferocity than has been seen so far.

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration said that because a hurricane's winds rotate counterclockwise, a storm passing to the west of the oil slick could drive oil toward the coast. But for now, Alex does not pose such a risk.

answered by Jessica | 06-27-2010 at 12:39 AM

The National Hurricane Center in Miami upgraded the storm to a Category 1 hurricane - the least powerful type - shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday after measuring sustained winds of 121 kph.

Alex became the first June hurricane in the Atlantic since 1995, the center said.
Oil rigs and platforms in the path of the storm's outer bands were evacuated, and President Barack Obama issued a pre-emptive federal disaster declaration for southern Texas counties late Tuesday.

answered by Barney | 06-30-2010 at 05:05 PM

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