10 PM UPDATE ALEX STRENGTHENS

…Alex gradually strengthening…

summary of 1000 PM CDT…0300 UTC…information
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location…21.0n 91.6w
about 440 mi…710 km ESE of La Pesca Mexico
about 505 mi…810 km se of Brownsville Texas
maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/hr
present movement…N or 0 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/hr
minimum central pressure…985 mb…29.09 inches

watches and warnings
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changes with this advisory…

a Hurricane Warning has been issued for the coast of Texas south of Baffin Bay to the mouth of the Rio Grande.

The government of Mexico has issued a Hurricane Warning from the mouth of the Rio Grande to La Cruz.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the coast of Texas from Baffin Bay to Port Oconnor.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect…

a Hurricane Warning is in effect for…* the coast of Texas south of Baffin Bay to the mouth of the Rio
Grande
* the coast of Mexico from the mouth of the Rio Grande to La Cruz

a Tropical Storm Warning in in effect for…* the coast of Texas from Baffin Bay to Port Oconnor

a Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds…conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

For storm information specific to your area in the United States…including possible inland watches and warnings…please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside United States…please monitor products issued by your National meteorological service.

Discussion and 48-hour outlook
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at 1000 PM CDT…0300 UTC…the center of Tropical Storm Alex was
located near latitude 21.0 north…longitude 91.6 west. Alex is
moving toward the north near 5 mph…7 km/hr…and a gradual turn
toward the northwest with some increase in forward speed is
expected on Tuesday…followed by a gradual turn toward the
west-northwest on Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph…100
km/hr…with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is
forecast…and Alex is likely to become a hurricane on Tuesday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles…110 km
from the center.

The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve
hurricane hunter aircraft is 985 mb…29.09 inches.

Hazards affecting land
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rainfall…Alex is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations
of 5 to 10 inches over portions of northeastern Mexico and southern
Texas over the next few days.

Alex is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 3
to 6 inches over southern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula through
Tuesday. Isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible over
mountainous areas. These rains could cause life-threatening flash
floods and mud slides.

Wind…tropical storm conditions are expected to approach the coast
within the hurricane and Tropical Storm Warning areas on
Wednesday…making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Storm surge…a dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above ground level along the immediate coast near and to the north of where the center makes landfall. The surge could penetrate as far inland as several miles from the shore with depth generally decreasing as the water moves inland. Near the coast…the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

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