Tropical Storm Alex Means Hurricane Season Has Hit the Gulf of Mexico
Even though we haven't yet celebrated the Fourth of July, the heat and storms of summer are well upon the United States, and hurricane season has begun. The Gulf of Mexico now has more to worry about than the BP oil spill as newly-formed Tropical Storm Alex winds its way around, causing hurricane watches to be issued for Texas and the Mexican coastlline.
Although Alex is heading the wrong way for interfering with the oil spill, it is nonetheless expected to become the first official hurricane of the season later today or tomorrow. Its westward path takes it up from Belize and the tourist-heavy Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico into the southern coast of Texas. As if the Caribbean cruise ships and southern US beachgoers could handle any more detours.
Since this is the first named Tropical Storm (and probably hurricane) of the season, let's just hope that the ones to follow also leave the Louisiana-to-Pensacola coastline alone during oil spill clean up efforts. We really don't want to see what kind of effect hurricane-whipped oily water has on Florida's beaches.
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