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Spiral Shape of TS Alex (01L) as it Gained Hurricane Strength

23.8N 93.5W

July 7th, 2010 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Alex (01L) - June 29th, 2010

Hurricane Alex (01L) - June 29th, 2010

Alex - Enhanced image

Alex - Enhanced image

On June 25th, the National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on Tropical Depression One, the first tropical depression of the season. Early on June 26, the NHC upgraded the depression to a tropical storm and named it Alex (01L).

Alex moved west and strengthened before making landfall in Belize with 65 mph winds on June 26. On June 27, Alex emerged into the Bay of Campeche and began to strengthen again.

On June 29, after continuous drops in pressure, the Hurricane Hunters found that Alex had strong enough winds to be upgraded to hurricane status. This image shows the system on that day, with an interesting coiled shape. Accordingly, later that night, Alex was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane.

This made the storm the first hurricane of the season, and the first June hurricane in the Atlantic since 1995’s Hurricane Allison. Alex later went on to make landfall as a powerful Category 2 hurricane in Soto la Marina.

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