The opening salvo to the 2010 Hurricane Season did not disappoint !
Hurricane Alex made landfall tonight as a strong Category 2 Hurricane, packing sustained winds of 105mph with higher gusts and a min pressure of 947mb. Category 2 winds are between 96-110 mph on the Saffir-Simpson scale, so it was close to a Cat 3 (111-130mph).
Landfall Info: 10pm Eastern time, 110 miles south of the US border in a sparsely populated area of Mexico. "ALEX WAS THE FIRST CATEGORY TWO...AND THE STRONGEST...HURRICANE TO OCCUR IN JUNE SINCE ALMA OF 1966" (NOAA)
Impressive eyewall presentation on IR satellite (above) and radar:
As it moves west into mountainous terrain Alex will weaken rapidly and dissipate. Main threat now is flooding, up to 20 inches possible if/when it stalls. Stay tuned for the next one.