Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tropical Storm Alex, Update

As expected, during the wee hours of the morning, Tropical Depression One was upgraded to Tropical Storm Alex.

Alex is located at 17.0N 85.3W, approximately 200 miles southeast of Belize City. Alex has maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH and is moving on a course of 285 degrees (WNW) at 8 MPH. Central pressure is 1004 mb.

It is capable of bringing 4 to 8 inches of rain to eastern Guatemala and 2 inches of rain elsewhere in Guatemala. The storm is triggering convection and thunderstorms over much of Central America.

Tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Belize, the eastern coast of Yucatan from Chetumal to Cancun, and the islands of Roatan, Guanaja, and Utila in Honduras. Tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of Honduras from Limon to the Guatemalan border.

A broad upper ridge remains over Tropical Storm Alex so, as can be seen in the satellite imagery, outflow is good in all directions. Alex is expected to strengthen slowly. Sustained winds of 60 MPH are expected by this afternoon.

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