The latest news is that Tropical Storm Alex, the first Atlantic tropical storm of 2010, is quickly strengthening in power. The interesting thing is that we have been keeping a close eye on the development via the National Hurricane Center’s website since it was first spotted back at the tropical “something has been spotted” stage. Funnily enough, at that point, it had 0% chance of becoming a tropical depression. Then, it became a tropical depression! At that point. the National Hurricane Center posted that it had 10% chance of becoming anything more and sure enough, here we are with a tropical storm in full swing. We think the NHC has to work on their percentages. Obviously, 0% should have been more like 80% and 10% should be more like 90%.
Anyways, the storm is moving towards the Gulf of Mexico as we speak and further strengthening is expected due to warm Gulf waters and little wind. The rather large area from La Cruz, Mexico to Baffin Bay, Texas has been put on hurricane watch. Experts fear that Alex could become a hurricane by tomorrow (Tuesday) morning and make landfall around Thursday in either Mexico or Texas.
We will keep you posted.