Alex, Atlantic's 1st hurricane of season, rumbles toward Mexico, Texas coastlines
By: The Associated Press
" ... MIAMI - The first Atlantic hurricane of the year has strengthened to a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of near 100 mph as it plows ahead toward a collision with the Mexican Gulf coast and south Texas.
The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Alex will make landfall in northeastern Mexico sometime Wednesday night.
The storm is far from the Gulf oil spill, but cleanup vessels were sidelined by the hurricane's ripple effects. Six-foot waves churned up by the hurricane splattered beaches in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida with oil and tar balls.
Hurricane Alex flooded roads and forced thousands of people to evacuate fishing villages.
The eye was about 55 miles northeast of La Pesca, Mexico, and about 105 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. ..." (ap, 2010.06.30, hurricane alex)
-- MEANWHILE -- ... Back at the Haciendo ...
Why NOT name Earthquakes like we do Hurricanes?
[SOURCE] | " ... An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck southern Mexico early Wednesday, the US seismological authority USGS reported on its website.
A 49-year-old man from San Andres Hauxpaltepec was killed when the ceiling of his house fell onto him, a civil defence official told The German Press Agency dpa.
The quake, which struck the Oaxaca region some 350 kilometres south of Mexico City at about 2:20 am (0720 GMT), had little other effect, local officials said.
Numerous buildings were evacuated in the wake of the 30-second quake. Power was lost in some regions, but communication networks remained intact - in contrast to earlier earthquakes in Mexico.
The epicentre of Wednesday's quake was located at a depth of 20 kilometres, according to the USGS. ... " (Wed, 30 Jun 2010 20:43:51 GMT. By : dpa. Category : Nature Environment) ... "