June 28th, 2010
07:54 AM ET

Tropical Storm Alex could strengthen into hurricane

Tropical Storm Alex could strengthen into a hurricane Monday but is heading away from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm could become a major hurricane and could make landfall anywhere from Port Lavaca, Texas to Tampico, Mexico, the center said Monday.

Forecasting models suggest that it could make landfall in northeastern Mexico, probably on Thursday.

The storm appears headed away from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alex could become a Category 3 hurricane, the hurricane center said. Its winds were blowing at 50 miles an hour as of 5 a.m. ET on Monday.

"We will know much more as this storm continues to intensify today and tomorrow," the center said in a statement.

"We think the storm is going to stay on a more southern track. That would be good news because it would avoid the area near the oil spill," said Todd Kimberlain of the National Hurricane Center.

However, forecasters have not ruled out an easterly shift in Alex's path.

"We all know the weather is unpredictable, and we could have a sudden last-minute change," said Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Go baby Blow! When a tropical storm hits that 150 Million gallons of mostly Asphalt in the Gulf of Mexico's once pristine waters it will eat that very warm water like candy! Meanwhile Republican politicians in Louisiana and in Washington are demanding to 'drill baby drill'. The Judge who over-ruled the deep Ocean drilling moratorium was found to have long and deep connections with Big Oil investments, and payoff's to his retirement account is being cheered as a Louisiana State hero!

    The entire Republican Party can be seen as so utterly corrupted and addicted by Big Oil that Americans could just as well view them and their desire for more Oil as a Heroin Addict that is willing to trade their family's heritage and belongings for just another bag of Heroin. The Republican politicians do not care one iota about the outcomes or mistakes which pumping millions of gallons of toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic fluid out of the ground which invariably happen. Poisoning the water table, making thousands of people ill with food poisoning and utterly destroying the environment.

    June 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. whynowcnn

    Wow, I happen to agree with Smith. They are lock step ewith big oil companies , and big business. It doesn't have to be that way? EVerybody could get a piece of the pie, but greed and corruption has stifled America every since Clinton actually balanced the budget. He tricked the working class into paying really high taxes, and crammed NAFTA down our throats, and had no idea what the repercussions would be down the road. Well it was Bush 1 who actually started the ball rolling, and Bush 2 just put the nail in the coffin of the American taxpayers, so think about it? Who were really pulling the strings on all of these events? The big oil/Business lobbies were!!!! The federal reserve and others made sure we would never not pay them there 7% ON OUR OWN MONEY THAT THEY PRINT FOR US !!! The tax cuts, outsourcing of America, and natural, and manmade disasters really put this recession thing in full swing then. I think most politicians now really work for the lobby and there is little distinction between the parties. When you have both power, and money then what is left??? I think term limits are in order, and a prerequisite of the Supreme court is that you must not have a political bias, and the Federal reserve should be abolished if it can't be audited by the CBO or official govt accounting office for the people!!!

    June 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |