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T.S. Alex heads into Belize
M. Ressler, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Jun. 26, 2010 5:11 pm ET

The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season--Alex--targets Belize and the Yucatan. The Eastern Pacific also remains active with two hurricanes: Celia and Darby.

ATLANTIC

Tropical Depression 1 formed Friday evening in the western Caribbean, and as of 5 a.m. Saturday became Tropical Storm Alex. Moving almost due west, Alex is located about 30 miles east-southeast of Belize City, or 90 miles south-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, and has winds near 65 miles per hour. Once inland, Alex will move across Belize, the northwest tip of Guatemala and the southern part of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula before emerging into the Bay of Campeche Sunday afternoon as a tropical depression. Although some minor wind damage is possible, the main threat from Alex is heavy, flash flooding rainfall.

With tropical storm conditions developing, a tropical storm warning has been issued for the Yucatan Coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Cancun, the entire coast of Belize, and the islands of Roatan, Guanaja, and Utila in Honduras.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of Honduras from Limon west to the Honduras/Guatemala border, where tropical storm conditions are also possible.

Once in the Bay of Campeche and the southern Gulf of Mexico, Alex is forecast to track northwestward and then westward toward the Mexican coast by midweek. Alex will steadily strengthen and could become a hurricane. It's possible that most of Alex's wind and rain affects could stay south of the Rio Grande and not affect the U.S. at all. Swells emanating from Alex early to mid week could affect coastal areas from Texas to western Florida.

Elsewhere, an area of disturbed weather just east of the northern Leeward Islands will be monitored over the next couple of days. It is associated with a tropical wave that is interacting with an upper level trough. There is some very small potential for this system to develop slowly over the next couple of days as it heads northward.
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