Wednesday, June 30, 2010

5 p.m. update

Hurricane Alex is continuing to strengthen as it approaches Mexico, with maximum sustained winds hitting 90 mph, according to the National Weather Service's 5 p.m. advisory.

Its center of circulation sits about 80 miles northeast of La Pesca, Mexico, and about 105 miles south-southeast of Brownsville, Texas.

The storm's forward speed has increased (toward the west at 13 mph) and the pressure decreased (959 mb).

The scale of this storm is huge, too. Hurricane-force winds now extend 70 miles from the center, with tropical storm-force winds 205 from the center, primarily to the northeast.

Find the complete advisory here.

Find National Weather Service maps and charts for Alex here.

Find a satellite loop here.

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