Alex, strongest June hurricane in 44 years, is now a tropical storm

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:20 PM GMT on July 01, 2010

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Hurricane Alex, the strongest June hurricane in 44 years, is Tropical Storm Alex, thanks to passage over the rugged terrain of Mexico. Alex made landfall at 9pm CDT last night, 110 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, as a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds. Alex was the strongest June hurricane since Hurricane Alma of 1966, which had 125 mph winds as it skirted the west coast of Florida. Brownsville long-range radar shows that Alex's heavy rains continue to pound the Texas/Mexico border region, and satellite estimates of rainfall (Figure 1) show that some of Alex's spiral bands dumped rains in excess of five inches today, in addition to the 5+ inches that fell yesterday. The Brownsville airport received 6.46" of rain as of 8am CDT today from Alex. Alex is being blamed for at least thirteen deaths in Central America and Mexico due to flooding, though none of these deaths occurred in the region where the storm made landfall. Alex spawned two tornadoes that hit South Texas, and there were at least four other reports of tornado funnel clouds that did not touch ground. Alex may continue to spawn isolated tornadoes today over South Texas and northern Mexico.


Figure 1. Radar-estimated rainfall so far today for Alex.


Figure 2. Snapshot of the Brownsville long-range radar showing Hurricane Alex at landfall at 8pm CDT Wednesday June 30, 2010.


Figure 3. Alex nearing landfall in northeastern Mexico at 12:10 CDT June 30, 2010, as seen by the MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra satellite. Image credit: NASA.

Storm Surge
Alex's maximum storm surge occurred along a 50-mile stretch of the Mexican coast centered about 75 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. The National Hurricane Center Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model predicted that the maximum water depth at the coast reached about 5 - 6 feet above ground level (Figure 3.) A storm surge of 1 - 2 feet was predicted by SLOSH for the Brownsville, Texas region. A storm surge of about 2 feet was observed in South Texas at the South Padre Island Coast Guard Station and Port Isabel.


Figure 4. Hurricane Alex's Maximum Water Depth (storm tide minus the elevation of the land it is passing over) computed using the primary computer model used by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to forecast storm surge--the Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model. The accuracy of the SLOSH model is advertised as plus or minus 20%. The maximum surge occurred to the right of where Alex's core made landfall, over a sparsely populated marshy area. This "Maximum Water Depth" image shows the water depth at each grid cell of the SLOSH domain. Thus, if you are inland at an elevation of five feet above mean sea level, and the combined storm surge and tide (the "storm tide") is ten feet at your location, the water depth image will show five feet of inundation. For more information on storm surge, consult our detailed storm surge pages.

Alex in historical context
Alex is the first June hurricane since Hurricane Allison of 1995. There have been only eleven hurricanes in May or June since 1945; only four of these were major Category 3 or higher storms.

Alex's bizarre behavior
Alex had several rather remarkable features I've never seen in a hurricane. Firstly, it underwent an eyewall replacement cycle as a Category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds. Usually, we don't see the inner eyewall collapse and an eyewall replacement cycle occur until a hurricane reaches Category 3 strength. I've seen it happen on occasion to a Category 2 storm, but never a Category 1. Secondly, after Alex's inner 9-mile diameter eyewall collapsed at 10am EDT yesterday morning, an outer spiral band began to become the new eyewall. Winds in this outer spiral band/new eywall increased as the day progressed, as typically happens in an eyewall replacement cycle. However, part way through that process, Alex suddenly reversed course, and was able to build a small inner eyewall with a 12-mile diameter that was completed by landfall. I've never seen a hurricane change its mind in the middle of an eyewall replacement cycle and build an inner eyewall so fast. Finally, Alex had an unusually weak winds, considering how low the pressure was. The pressure was more typical of a hurricane one Saffir-Simpson category stronger than what the surface winds suggested.

Elsewhere in the tropics
The latest run of the NOGAPS model predicts the formation of a tropical depression the Western Caribbean on Tuesday. None of the other models is showing tropical development worthy of concern over the coming seven days.

Wind and ocean current forecast for the BP oil disaster
Alex is continuing to generate very rough conditions over the Deepwater Horizon blowout location, with 5 - 9 foot waves and 3 - 4 foot swells. The wind and seas will gradually subside today, according to the latest marine forecast from NOAA. The resulting currents induced by Alex's strong winds will push oil to many protected bays and estuaries that haven't seen oil yet. The latest trajectory forecasts from NOAA and the State of Louisiana show oil will also move westward along the central Louisiana coast towards the Texas border. Winds will decrease to 5 - 15 knots Friday through Tuesday but remain mostly out of the southeast, keeping the pressure on the regions of coast in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi that are seeing oil hit their shores this week.

Resources for the BP oil disaster
Map of oil spill location from the NOAA Satellite Services Division
My post, What a hurricane would do the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
My post on the Southwest Florida "Forbidden Zone" where surface oil will rarely go
My post on what oil might do to a hurricane
NOAA's interactive mapping tool to overlay wind and ocean current forecasts, oil locations, etc.
Gulf Oil Blog from the UGA Department of Marine Sciences
Oil Spill Academic Task Force
University of South Florida Ocean Circulation Group oil spill forecasts
ROFFS Deepwater Horizon page
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from the University of Miami

Next post
I'll have an update Friday morning. Dr. Rob Carver plans on summarizing Alex in his blog later today.

Jeff Masters

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Morning Storm W.! Good morning to all.

There sure seems to be a lot of the right ingredients in the Florida area south to the Western Caribbean Sea for something to cook up. We have a stalled out front, Low pressure (I can tell that from my old back injury), and tons of moisture. Anyone have a beat on this or is my Back lying to me?
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1939. StormW 7:30 AM EDT on July 02, 2010

Good Morning Storm. What are we looking at (break it down for us)?; La Nina conditions during the peak of the season with a gradual return to ENSO neutral conditions in the latter months of the season?
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My local weather just stated that a low pressure will be on on our coast Sunday going into Monday.He said it will increase our rain chances up to 60%.Then clearing on Tuesday.
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Good Morning. For whatever this is worth, in the Tallahassee/Big Bend region, a broad low cloud level circulation was actually evident last night on the way home for me, and evident in the current CIMMS vorticity map, but it is all clearing out nicely with the trof passage (fishing is a go tommorow morning). Conversely, I seem to see broad turning South of Cuba this morning but no vorticity evident, and most importantly, no model support for any develpment in this region until Tuesday per Dr, comment as to the lone NOGAPS model; maybe I am just seeing things as I did not sleep well last night. Otherwise, seems like lots of sheer out there in the MDR at the moment and continued prayers for the folks in Mexico going through the flooding.
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Anyone have a clue what to expect from this "L" off the FL coast? I could sure use some rain here. I may have gotten an inch in the last 3 weeks.
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One too many syllables for most folks, Storm. Spurious only has 3, lol.
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Quoting StormW:


Yeah...I saw that...must be a new Met. who did better at vocabulary than meteorology. All of these "terms", all of a sudden. What ever happened to superfluous?


Lol. Coop you wana take that one?
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Although personally I think they were intending this interpretation....


Main Entry: agitation
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: shaking, mixing
Synonyms: churning, commotion, discomposure, disturbance, rocking, stirring,

tizzy ,

tossing, turbulence, turmoil, unrest, upheaval

ie - TS Lizzie is in a tizzy!
(ruh, roh - please tell me Lizzie is not on this year's name list!)
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Quoting CoopsWife:
More words to watch for, LOL


Main Entry: tizzy
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: anger
Synonyms: acrimony, animosity, annoyance, antagonism, blow up, cat fit, chagrin, choler, conniption, dander, disapprobation, displeasure, distemper, enmity, exasperation, fume, fury, gall, hatred, hissy fit, huff, ill humor, ill temper, impatience, indignation, infuriation, irascibility, ire, irritability, irritation, mad, miff, outrage, passion, peevishness, petulance, pique*, rage, rankling, resentment, slow burn, soreness, stew, storm*, tantrum, temper, tiff, umbrage, vexation, violence
* = informal/non-formal usage
I know this one well. I get Mrs. Gambler there quite often.
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Quoting msgambler:
Now wait, they are finally using terms I can understand. Bout dang time.


Lol. That's what I said. :)
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More words to watch for, LOL


Main Entry: tizzy
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: anger
Synonyms: acrimony, animosity, annoyance, antagonism, blow up, cat fit, chagrin, choler, conniption, dander, disapprobation, displeasure, distemper, enmity, exasperation, fume, fury, gall, hatred, hissy fit, huff, ill humor, ill temper, impatience, indignation, infuriation, irascibility, ire, irritability, irritation, mad, miff, outrage, passion, peevishness, petulance, pique*, rage, rankling, resentment, slow burn, soreness, stew, storm*, tantrum, temper, tiff, umbrage, vexation, violence
* = informal/non-formal usage
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Now wait, they are finally using terms I can understand. Bout dang time.
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Quoting StormW:


Must be a new meteorological term.


Morning Storm. Lol. Yesterday it was cute. :)
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75 here Ike and humidity is 94 percent (and feels it). Morning StormW
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Quoting StormW:


Must be a new meteorological term.


LMAO, Storm.
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1923. bassis
Quoting StormW:




Must be a new meteorological term.


Morning Storm
Will we see an update today?
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Quoting mtyweatherfan90:
Finally after a 6 hour internet absence, I can finally write here again. Monterrey is beyond recognition. Avenues and lanes of Highways have dissapeared as same as bridges. Houses are been swallowed by unimaginable streams that flow through streets. People are refuging at the ceiling of their houses due to the rise of ...water levels. EVERY SINGLE RIVER, CREEK AND OTHER WATER BODY HAS CRESTED. Nothing as this has ever happen before. Last time something similar happen was in the Great Flood of 1909, this might be a 100-year flood. Some spots nearing 850 mm already (34 in), raining very hard and also some gusty winds. None of the local meteorologists, nor local newscasters , or government authorities has experienced something as this before. 1 million people are at darkness as we speak. About 150,000 without water. Gilbert might be seen as a nice summer downpour compared to this.

Several deaths, damages are beyond imagination.


I'm sitting here not sure what to even type. I was wondering about the impact - how horrible. I hope there is some quick and responsive relief to follow.
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1921. bassis
Morning all, God help those in the floods, protect their body's and their spirits
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Morning all.

Some heavy rains in our area due to a trough south of us ...



Lightning / wind knocked out power a few times overnight.
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Quoting CoopsWife:
Hmm - someone at NWS opened their Thesaurus this morning, LOL


ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms
pseudo- adjective
false, pretended, artificial, fake, phoney or phony (informal), mock, imitation, bogus, sham, counterfeit,

spurious,

ersatz, not genuine, quasi-


Lol. They might use one of those tomorrow. Stay tuned. :)
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Hmm - someone at NWS opened their Thesaurus this morning, LOL


ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms
pseudo- adjective
false, pretended, artificial, fake, phoney or phony (informal), mock, imitation, bogus, sham, counterfeit,

spurious,

ersatz, not genuine, quasi-
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Yes, it was Hot. Warmest June on Record in South Florida!

Not liking the years the area previous records were broken:
Miami 1998
Ft Lauderdale 1998
Naples 1944
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Quoting msgambler:
Morning, Ike, homeless, KOTG. Hope all are well this beautiful am.


Good Morning msgambler. Hope you're doing well this morning. I'm catching a few model runs before I go back to bed. Lol. I sleep better when all my little chicks are in the nest. Naturally my youngest works nights a few days a week. But she's finally home. :)
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1914. MahFL
I see ex Alex is splitting, energy going north and south. I live near JAX and the low has my attention.
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1913. IKE
Morning...73.0 degrees outside my window...right now.
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Morning, Ike, homeless, KOTG. Hope all are well this beautiful am.
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PSUEDO-TROPICAL SYSTEM

I guess spurious was a little over done? Lol
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1910. IKE
SYNOPSIS FOR CARIBBEAN SEA AND TROPICAL N ATLC FROM 07N TO 22N
BETWEEN 55W AND 65W
530 AM EDT FRI JUL 02 2010

.SYNOPSIS...TIGHT PRES GRADIENT ACROSS THE NW PORTION WILL
SLOWLY RELAX THROUGH FRI. A TROPICAL WAVE ALONG 68W S OF 12N
WILL PASS W-NW THROUGH THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN BY MON. A TROPICAL
WAVE ALONG 40W S OF 15N WILL MOVE INTO THE TROPICAL N ATLC ZONE
BY SUN AND THROUGH THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN MON AND TUE.
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Potential system in the northern GOM is a wishcasters dream. Just about any solution at this point has a model that supports it, South Florida (CMC), Alabama/NW Florida (GFS) and Western Louisiana (NAM).

Preliminary Extended Forecast Discussion

Excerpt:

THE BEGINNING OF THE MEDIUM RANGE PERIOD WILL CONSIST OF A BROAD
LONG-WAVE TROF SPRAWLED ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTHERN TIER FROM THE
PAC NW TO THE UPPER MIDWEST...WHILE AN UPPER RIDGE WILL HOLD
STRONG ACROSS THE EASTERN U.S. FOR DAY 3...MONDAY...THE 00Z GFS
WAS REMOVED DUE TO ITS OVERDONE SOLN OF A PSUEDO-TROPICAL SYSTEM
EMERGING FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. IN ADDITION...AN UPPER LOW
LINGERING OFF OF NEW ENGLAND IS MUCH TOO CLOSE TO THE SHORELINE
WHICH ULTIMATELY DOES NOT ALLOW HEIGHTS TO BUILD ACROSS THE EAST
AS DEPICTED BY ALL OTHER OPERATIONAL AND ENSEMBLE GUIDANCE. THE
00Z ECMWF/UKMET/CMC ALL SEEM TO GRASP THIS PATTERN WELL...BUT THE
00Z CMC OVER-STRENGTHENS A SFC LOW OVER NE CANADA WHICH WILL
COMPROMISE THE PMSL FILE. BY DAY 4...TUESDAY...THERE WAS SOME
CONCERN INTO HOW MUCH 00Z UKMET SHOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO THE
MODEL BLEND AS TOO MUCH MID-LEVEL ENERGY REMAINS ACROSS THE
EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO. 30 PERCENT APPEARED TO BE ENOUGH TO WASH
OUT SOME OF THE EXAGGERATED H5 VORT MAXS THE 00Z ECMWF WAS
DEPICTING ACROSS THE MID MISS. VALLEY.


Model Diagnostic Discussion

Excerpt:

...CLOSED UPPER LOW MIGRATING WESTWARD ACROSS THE N. GULF...

FINAL PREFERENCE: 00Z/12Z ECMWF OR 00Z NAM/GFS WITH A DAMPENED
SOLN

THIS MID-LEVEL DISTURBANCE SEEMS TO EMERGE SOMEWHERE ACROSS
FLORIDA WITH SOME MODELS DEPICTING THIS ENERGY DRIFTING WESTWARD
IN TIME. BY SAT. EVENING...THE 00Z/18Z/12Z VERSIONS OF THE NAM
FORECAST THE WEAK CLOSED LOW TO BE ALONG THE EASTERN GULF COAST.
THE DETAILS BECOME A LITTLE BIT VAGUE BY THE END OF THE
WEEKEND...BUT THE NAM FORECASTS A SOLN WHICH FEATURES THE
UPPER/SFC LOW NEAR NEW ORLEANS BY SUN. EVENING/NIGHT.

THE GFS HAS ALSO SHOWN DECENT CONTINUITY WITH THIS DISTURBANCE
ALTHOUGH THE MOST RECENT RUN PLACES IT FARTHER TO THE SOUTH OF THE
FL PANHANDLE AT 04/00Z WITH THE SFC LOW BEING BEST DEFINED WITH
THE 00Z/12Z GFS MODEL RUNS. THIS GENERAL SOLN IS ALSO SUPPORTED BY
THE 00Z NAM...BUT IT SEEMS FEW OTHER GLOBAL MODELS FAVOR SUCH AN
EVOLUTION.

TO A LESSER EXTENT...THE 00Z/12Z ECMWF SUGGESTS AN ELONGATED UPPER
TROF OVER A SIMILAR REGION WHICH THE 00Z NAM/GFS DEPICT A STRONG
CLOSED LOW CENTER. MEANWHILE...AMONG OTHER GLOBAL GUIDANCE...THE
00Z UKMET AND 12Z CMC/UKMET FORECAST AN H5/SFC LOW AS WELL...BUT
FOCUSED CLOSER TO THE WESTERN PENINSULA OF FL. WITH RESPECT TO THE
ENSEMBLES...THERE IS MEAGER SUPPORT FOR ANY SIGNIFICANT CYCLONES
ACROSS THE GULF AS ONLY A COUPLE ENSEMBLE MEMBERS DEPICT THE
FEATURE. THEREFORE...THE POSITION SUPPORTED BY THE 00Z
NAM/GFS/ECMWF AND 12Z ECMWF WILL BE PREFERRED...EXCEPT THE NCEP
MODELS ARE MUCH TOO DEEP WITH THE SYSTEM.

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1908. IKE
SYNOPSIS FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO
430 AM CDT FRI JUL 02 2010

.SYNOPSIS...WINDS AND SEAS WILL SLOWLY SUBSIDE OVER THE FAR
WESTERN PORTION TODAY. A COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO STALL OVER
THE NE WATERS TODAY AND LINGER INTO MON. WEAK LOW PRES FORMS
ALONG THE BOUNDARY IN NE GULF TONIGHT AND PERSISTS INTO SUN
BEFORE DISSIPATING IN THE EVENING.
BY TUE...TROUGHING DEVELOPS
IN THE WESTERN GULF.
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Mty - Stay safe, my friend! Thanks for the link, our prayers are with those affected by Alex. I have to question the wisdom of the family at the end of the video in the minivan, the road washed out twenty feet away and they stop to take a look! Unbelievable!
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Wasn't much of a break.

Houston

BUT THEN
IT GETS A BIT MORE INTERESTING AS MODELS CONTINUE TO BRING A LOW
WEST ALONG THE OLD FRONTAL BOUNDARY IN THE NE GULF. THE ECMWF
PLACES A VERY WEAK CIRCULATION IN THE UTCW...THE NAM SOUTH OF
HOUMA LA AND THE GFS NEAR THE MISSISSIPPI COAST. WEAK SHEAR IN THE
VICINITY OF THE SUSPECTED LOW WARRANTS CLOSE MONITORING OF THE
REGION BUT THE UPPER RIDGING ACROSS N TEXAS SHOULD FAVOR THE
SYSTEM NOT GETTING THIS FAR WEST...A DEFINITE STAY TUNED. AND THEN
AS IF THAT ISN`T BAD ENOUGH...THE NAM/GFS/ECMWF ARE ALL WORKING A
TROPICAL WAVE INTO A TIZZY IN THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN ON MONDAY
UNFORTUNATELY THE SAME UPPER RIDGING SHOULD BE FLATTENING AND
SHIFTING EAST OPENING UP THE WESTERN GULF TO THIS WAVE/TROPICAL
SYSTEM. INTERESTINGLY THE 00Z ECMWF LOOKS LIKE THE 18Z GFS WHICH
HAS IT NEARING THE TEXAS COAST FRIDAY THE 9TH. IT IS STILL TO
EARLY TO HANG A HAT ON THIS SOLUTION BUT SHOULD STILL POINT TO THE
POSSIBILITY OF SOMETHING OF INTEREST IN THE WESTERN GULF. RAIN
CHANCES SHOULD BE COMING DOWN MONDAY AND TUESDAY AS MOISTURE THINS
AND UPPER RIDGING CREEPS SOUTHWARD.

Lake Charles not biting as yet...

MOST MODELS DO WANT TO DEVELOP A LOW ON THE FRONTAL SYSTEM OVER
THE WEEKEND AND MOVE IT BACK TO THE WEST IN THE EASTERLY FLOW.
MODELS DEVELOP THIS SYSTEM TO VARYING DEGREES WITH THE GFS AND NAM
DEVELOPING A WARM CORE SYSTEM. THE EUROPEAN CENTER AND THE GFS
PARALLEL IS MUCH WEAKER WITH THIS SYSTEM AND IS THE PREFERRED
SOLUTION AT THIS TIME. NONE THE LESS WILL CONTINUE TO BE DEEP
EASTERLY FLOW WITH ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL POTENTIAL.


&&

.LONG TERM...SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE OVERALL ABOVE NORMAL RAIN
CHANCES THROUGH THE LONG TERM AS DEEP EASTERLY FLOW CONTINUES
AROUND THE BERMUDA HIGH. THE ECMWF AND THE GFS PARALLEL HINT AT
SOME DEVELOPMENT MID TO LATE NEXT WEEK IN THE SOUTHERN GULF. AT
THIS TIME JUST FORECASTING A PASSING EASTERLY WAVE.

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1905. IKE
6Z GFS@ 54 hrs.....

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Quoting mtyweatherfan90:
This is a private local newspaper (need id and password) but just look at the images.

Link


That's really horrifying. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like the river eating away the highway as in that video, .... voracious. So much power and so frightening. I send all my best wishes and prayers that the people there in Monterrey can get help and recover from this as quickly as possible.
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1903. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
AOI/XX/XX
MARK
19.9N/79.8W
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This is a private local newspaper (need id and password) but just look at the images.

Link
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1900. JLPR2
Quoting mtyweatherfan90:
Finally after a 6 hour internet absence, I can finally write here again. Monterrey is beyond recognition. Avenues and lanes of Highways have dissapeared as same as bridges. Houses are been swallowed by unimaginable streams that flow through streets. People are refuging at the ceiling of their houses due to the rise of ...water levels. EVERY SINGLE RIVER, CREEK AND OTHER WATER BODY HAS CRESTED. Nothing as this has ever happen before. Last time something similar happen was in the Great Flood of 1909, this might be a 100-year flood. Some spots nearing 850 mm already (34 in), raining very hard and also some gusty winds. None of the local meteorologists, nor local newscasters , or government authorities has experienced something as this before. 1 million people are at darkness as we speak. About 150,000 without water. Gilbert might be seen as a nice summer downpour compared to this.

Several deaths, damages are beyond imagination.


horrible :S
Espero que no hayan más muertes y que sol pueda secar toda esa agua, me indigna la poca publicidad que recibió esta tormenta en Estados Unidos y hasta aquí.

Take care, stay safe and dry and I hope everything takes a turn for the better.
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thanks for everyone showing their support, I really appreciate it. internet on and off, listening the radio neither cable nor satellite tv works, tons of reports from people worried about relatives and other people that they can't contact. Some are describing been trapped in their cars due to huge rocks and stones invading avenues that are carried by water flowing down the mountains. Pretty shocking.
Water reaching 1.5 meters inside houses located in valleys and low level areas.
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Quoting xcool:



spin NOW

be careful what you ask for... ;-)
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Here's the 48 hr. forecast. It's almost as if Mother Nature has her own fireworks in mind. How deep will this get, I wonder?



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Quoting mtyweatherfan90:
Finally after a 6 hour internet absence, I can finally write here again. Monterrey is beyond recognition. Avenues and lanes of Highways have dissapeared as same as bridges. Houses are been swallowed by unimaginable streams that flow through streets. People are refuging at the ceiling of their houses due to the rise of ...water levels. EVERY SINGLE RIVER, CREEK AND OTHER WATER BODY HAS CRESTED. Nothing as this has ever happen before. Last time something similar happen was in the Great Flood of 1909, this might be a 100-year flood. Some spots nearing 850 mm already (34 in), raining very hard and also some gusty winds. None of the local meteorologists, nor local newscasters , or government authorities has experienced something as this before. 1 million people are at darkness as we speak. About 150,000 without water. Gilbert might be seen as a nice summer downpour compared to this.

Several deaths, damages are beyond imagination.

so very, very sorry. please stay as safe as you can.
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Quoting mtyweatherfan90:
Finally after a 6 hour internet absence, I can finally write here again. Monterrey is beyond recognition. Avenues and lanes of Highways have dissapeared as same as bridges. Houses are been swallowed by unimaginable streams that flow through streets. People are refuging at the ceiling of their houses due to the rise of ...water levels. EVERY SINGLE RIVER, CREEK AND OTHER WATER BODY HAS CRESTED. Nothing as this has ever happen before. Last time something similar happen was in the Great Flood of 1909, this might be a 100-year flood. Some spots nearing 850 mm already (34 in), raining very hard and also some gusty winds. None of the local meteorologists, nor local newscasters , or government authorities has experienced something as this before. 1 million people are at darkness as we speak. About 150,000 without water. Gilbert might be seen as a nice summer downpour compared to this.

Several deaths, damages are beyond imagination.


Very sorry to hear. Stay safe.
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