Tropical Storm Alex heads for Mexican oil facilities, expected to strengthen into a hurricane

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Over the weekend, the tropical depression that has been traveling through Latin America strengthened into Tropical Storm Alex before making landfall in the Yucatan. WATCH NOW

Worldwide weather authority, ImpactWeather reports that the first major storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season is traveling northwest at a speed of 5 miles per hour with wind speeds currently measured at 60 miles per hour. 

Look to PennEnergy’s Global Offshore Weather Report daily to find out the most up-to-date information about this storm, as well as wind, weather and wave information for the nine busiest offshore regions worldwide.

The storm made landfall in Belize, and the center of the storm has emerged into the Gulf of Mexico after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula. Once emerging into the Gulf of Mexico, the storm is expected to gain strength as it travels through the Bay of Campeche, transforming into Hurricane Alex by Tuesday.

According to a report on Sunday from Reuters, Pemex is not planning on evacuating its Bay of Campeche platforms in the face of the storm.

“We are in alert, but platforms remain working,” a Pemex spokesman told Reuters.

The five-day forecast from the National Hurricane Center currently tracks the storm strengthening into a Category 2 hurricane -- making landfall in northern Mexico or South Texas by Thursday of this week.

Oil spill containment teams remain on alert in the US Gulf of Mexico, located considerably east of the projected storm path. Nonetheless, BP is currently working on enhanced oil spill containment systems that will better weather storm threats. 

For comprehensive coverage of the Deepwater Horizon incident, oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and efforts under way to resolve them, visit PennEnergy's Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico special section.

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