Monday, June 28th, 2010...8:41 am

Tropical storm Alex makes landfall

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US based forecasters say Alex is again a tropical storm as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico and may become a hurricane as it swirls toward Mexico’s east coast.

Forecasters say the storm still is not on track to hit the oil spill on the northeastern end of the Gulf.

Up to last night maximum sustained winds were said to be 75 kilometres or 45 miles per hour.

Alex had weakened to a depression across Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and had dumped rains that left at least four people dead across the region.

However experts say the warmer Gulf waters have added energy to the storm.

The National Hurricane Center says Alex is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain over the peninsula, southern Mexico and Guatemala through Tuesday.

And up to 15 inches are possible over the mountains.

The hurricane centre says the rains could also cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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