Updated: Hurricane Alex threatens Mexico, Texas coasts

MIAMI (AP) - The first Atlantic hurricane of the year has strengthened to a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of near 100 mph (155 kph) 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 (90 kilometers) northeast of La Pesca, Mexico, and about 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of Brownsville, Texas.

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MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say the first Atlantic hurricane of the
season has made landfall in northeastern Mexico.

The Category 2 storm churning in the Gulf of Mexico has
sustained winds of near 105 mph (155 kph). The National Hurricane
Center says it made landfall about 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Soto La
Marina along the coast.

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.

It is moving west at about 10 mph (17 kph). It is about 110
miles (165 kilometers) south of Brownsville, Texas.

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