TROPICAL STORM ALEX CONTINUES STEADY PATH TOWARDS NORTHEAST MEXICO AND EXTREME SOUTHERN TEXAS GULF COAST
WeatherBug Meteorologists Available for Expert Commentary on Evolving Conditions of Gulf Coast Storm and Effects on Oil Spill Recovery
The WeatherBug Meteorological Operations Team is actively tracking the path of Tropical Storm Alex as it churns over the warm southwestern Gulf of Mexico with hurricane formation likely later today. Meteorologists are available 24x7 to provide the media with expert commentary and information on current conditions; impact analysis and recommendations on public safety preparations for the potentially devastating effects of the storms.
Tropical Storm Alex will impact the extreme southern Texas Gulf Coast starting early Wednesday with the height of the storm hitting late Wednesday and early Thursday. A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Baffin Bay, Texas to La Cruz, Mexico. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Baffin Bay, Texas northward to Port O`Connor, Texas. The system will produce hurricane and tropical storm force winds that will knock-out power. Quick-developing tornadoes will cause additional damage and more than a foot of rain will cause widespread flash flooding across the lower Rio Grande Valley and southern Texas. Along the coast, batter waves and a storm surge of three to five feet will cause coastal flooding, beach erosion and damage coastal and just-inland property. Continuous coverage of the storm is available on the Hurricane Center of WeatherBug.com.
WeatherBug operates approximately 30 weather stations across the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, including 20 cameras that provide live and animated images from the station locations. These weather stations monitor current conditions in real-time including wind speed/direction, temperature, rain rate and barometric pressure. WeatherBug meteorologists monitor, analyze and disseminate this proprietary, local data and are available to speak about the storms on either a local or national basis.
Several WeatherBug weather stations are located on oil platforms within the Gulf Coast that monitor conditions for the energy industry. “Alex is churning across the southern Gulf of Mexico and is a significant distance from the source of the oil spill. This is still creating issues in the region with increased winds and seas. We are observing deteriorating weather on radar and monitoring observations with the WeatherBug Total Lightning Network. It is possible that recovery operations could be suspended and we'll be watching this closely,” stated Mark Hoekzema, Chief Meteorologist and Director of Meteorological Operations.
Storm visualization images from WeatherBug Professional products that track storm paths, wind gusts, rain rates and other details are available to the media upon request. WeatherBug meteorologists provide around-the-clock coverage and frequently update conditions reporting on www.weatherbug.com and through its other consumer, mobile and professional products.
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