U.S. authorities warn against Tropical Storm Alex

10:33, June 30, 2010      

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Palm trees move in the wind as a man walks on the shore in Chetumal June 26, 2010. Tropical Storm Alex was close to making landfall in nearby Belize on Saturday as it dumped rain on Guatemala and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. A tropical storm warning was in effect for the coast of Belize and the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Chetumal to Cancun. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

U.S. authorities on Tuesday issued warnings against Tropical Storm Alex, which is expected to become a hurricane and hit Texas coast in coming days.

Alex, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was forecast to intensify to hurricane strength and hit the lower Texas coast late July 1 or early July 2. The storm has already caused at least 10 casualties in Central America.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Tuesday issued warnings against potential severe weather caused by Alex.

"FEMA continues to monitor Tropical Storm Alex, and personnel are on the ground working closely with state and local as they prepare for landfall," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "The most important thing for people living in the area to do right now is to ensure their family is prepared and to follow the instructions of state and local officials."

FEMA also stressed that all of the planning for the hurricane season has involved consideration of the BP oil spill and its potential effects on all hurricane response and recovery scenarios.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared an emergency exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the tropical storm.

Source: Xinhua


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