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Tropical Storm Alex Invades Gulf of Mexico
The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season brought rain, formed tornadoes, and forced hundreds to evacuate. 
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July 1: A beachgoer walks through a debris covered beach as the lingering effects of Tropical Storm Alex are felt along the Texas coast on Thursday in South Padre Island, Texas. The Atlantic season's first hurricane largely spared Texas, which had prepared for a possible direct hit. While it brought rain, spawned two tornadoes and caused 1,000 people to evacuate low-lying areas there, state officials reported no injuries or major damage. 

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July 1: A tattered U.S. flag flaps in the wind as the lingering effects of Tropical Storm Alex are felt along the Texas coast on Thursday in South Padre Island, Texas. The Atlantic season's first hurricane largely spared Texas, which had prepared for a possible direct hit. While it brought rain, spawned two tornadoes and caused 1,000 people to evacuate low-lying areas there, state officials reported no injuries or major damage.

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July 1: An oily sailboat heads out on a skimming mission in the Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, Ala., on Thursday. A $4 million oil booming system at the opening of the pass came apart when six foot seas caused by Hurricane Alex battered the coast.

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July 1: Sergio Alvarez shovels sea weed off a board walk as the lingering effects of Tropical Storm Alex are felt along the Texas coast on Thursday in South Padre Island, Texas. The Atlantic season's first hurricane largely spared Texas, which had prepared for a possible direct hit. While it brought rain, spawned two tornadoes and caused 1,000 people to evacuate low-lying areas there, state officials reported no injuries or major damage. 

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July 1: Pieces of a $4 million oil booming system in the Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, Ala., came apart when six foot seas caused by Hurricane Alex battered the pass on Thursday. Officials said large bolts holding the structure together sheared off in the high seas. They hope to have it back in place by Saturday. 

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July 1: A blue heron watches as a push boat passes by in the Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, Ala., on Thursday. A $4 million oil booming system at the opening of the pass came apart when six foot seas caused by Hurricane Alex battered the coast.

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June 30: This NOAA satellite image taken on Wednesday at 10:45 AM EDT shows two swirls of low pressure affecting the eastern half of the nation. The major swirl located in the western Gulf of Mexico highlights Category One Hurricane Alex as it treks more westward toward northeastern Mexico. Maximum sustained winds remain near 80 mph but may become higher prior to landfall later tonight or early Thursday morning. Heavy rain bands and thunderstorms associated with Alex spread into southeastern Texas and northeastern Mexico, raising life-threatening flash flood and mudslide concerns throughout the day. Isolated tornadoes may accompany severe weather activity in portions of extreme southern Texas. A dangerous storm surge along with large and destructive waves continue to affect coastal areas of the northeastern Texas and southeastern Texas. 

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June 30: Bo Howard of Foley, Alabama looks out at the Gulf of Mexico at Cotton Bayou public beach as waves from Hurricane Alex crash onshore, bringing more oil from the BP oil spill to the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama. BP Plc kept oil-capture and relief-well drilling operations going at its Gulf of Mexico deep-sea leak on Wednesday despite rough seas and high winds spawned by Hurricane Alex, which strengthened into a Category 2 storm over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

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June 30: A skimmer boat is seen in the distance in the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico as waves from Hurricane Alex push more oil from the BP oil spill towards the shore in Orange Beach, Alabama. Hurricane Alex strengthened into a Category 2 storm over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday and was due to hit northeastern Mexico very soon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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June 30: Fishermen prepare their boats before the arrival of Hurricane Alex, the first Atlantic hurricane of the year, in La Carbonera, northeastern Mexico on Wednesday. 

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A man walks on a pier several hours before the arrival of Hurricane Alex, the first Atlantic hurricane of the year, in La Carbonera, northeastern Mexico, Wednesday June 30, 2010. Currently a Category 1 hurricane, Alex could upgrade to Category 2, with winds of at least 96 mph (154 kph), when it makes landfall Wednesday evening or early Thursday about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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June 30: Children evacuees look out from a convention center being used as a shelter several hours before the expected arrival of Hurricane Alex, the first Atlantic hurricane of the year, in Matamoros, northeastern Mexico, on the border with Texas on Wednesday.

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Tropical Storm Alex Invades Gulf of Mexico

The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season brought rain, formed tornadoes, and forced hundreds to evacuate. 

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