PHOTO – Hurricane Alex eye only 53 miles from Mexico coast

Brownsville, United States – The eye of Hurricane Alex is really close to the coast now, the distance that we last got was only 53 miles from the coast and as you can see in this picture taken at 4:45pm ET the hurricane is moving closer.

People in Brownsville, other parts of the US and Mexico now awaits the eye of the hurricane to make landfall.

There are also reports of flooding in Brownsville and power outages in Padre Blvd on South Padre Island as well as flooding.

photo courtesy nrlmry.navy.mil 

Flash Flood Warning for Willacy County, TX

Issued by The National Weather Service, Brownsville, TX

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BROWNSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… WILLACY COUNTY IN DEEP SOUTH TEXAS. NORTHERN CAMERON COUNTY IN DEEP SOUTH TEXAS.

LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE… HARLINGEN VALLEY AIRPORT. HARLINGEN. LASARA. PORT MANSFIELD. RAYMONDVILLE.

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 302 PM CDT… NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED ANOTHER HEAVY RAINBAND ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE ALEX MOVING OVER AREAS WHICH HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN TODAY. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS… WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE WARNED AREA THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

DON’T BECOME A STATISTIC. TURN AROUND… DON’T DROWN!

Bill Blair admits there was no outside perimeter law – G20

Toronto, Canada – Toronto’s police chief needed some serious protection today. It was the first time since the G20 summit that he was out and about. Protesters and other groups now want the police chief to resign because of the "secret laws" that turned out to be lies.

Bill Blair the police chief of Toronto admitted that the 5 meter law that we wrote about earlier never really existed. It was not a law. The fake law said that anyone that come within 5 meters of the fence will get arrested if they dont provide relevant ID for being their. It turned out that most people that even had ID got detained.

Bill Blair openly admitted to the Canadian Press that he there was no law like that. "No, but i was trying to keep criminals out" was his reply.

Blair also mixed his words telling people that police clearly told residents of Toronto that those that want to come in the perimeter of the G20 would have to show ID. The arrests however took place outside the perimeter and not inside where the "law" was passed.

Rick Perry: Texas is Prepared for Hurricane Alex

LA PORTE – Gov. Rick Perry today outlined Texas’ plans for responding to the threats posed by Hurricane Alex and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill along the Texas coast. The State Operations Center is fully activated and the state continues to work with federal and local authorities to track both the hurricane and the spill.

“As Hurricane Alex grows in strength and approaches landfall, Texas is ready to handle this storm and its impact,” Gov. Perry said. “My message to South Texans is to finish your preparations, stay connected to credible information sources and heed the warnings of your local officials, who are closely integrated with the state’s emergency management effort that has been mobilized to prepare for Alex’s impact.”

Parts of South Texas remain in the impact area of Hurricane Alex, which the National Weather Service projects will make landfall south of Brownsville Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Gov. Perry has declared a state of disaster for 19 counties in South Texas, and President Barack Obama has issued an emergency declaration that allows the state to pursue some federal assistance.

The governor was joined by Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who provided an update on the Texas General Land Office’s (GLO) efforts in monitoring and preparing contingency plans to respond to any potential impact Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have on Texas.

“Texas has a long history in the energy industry, and because oil regularly comes in and out of our ports, we have prepared ourselves to respond to any incidents, and have a good record of keeping our beaches clean and the bays and wetlands clear of oil,” Commissioner Patterson said. "As a steward of the Texas coast, I am confident that we have the resources and plans in place with our Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program to address any potential impact this oil spill may have on the Texas coast."

Although oil from the spill is not predicted to reach Texas shores in the immediate future, any oil reaching Texas beaches is expected to be in the form of weathered tar balls, which cannot be prevented by boom deployment and would necessitate aggressive physical removal. The GLO has five coastal offices equipped with boats, 4×4 trucks, trailers, ATVs, and skimmers available for response activities. Silt curtains could be deployed to protect washouts. 

The Office of the Governor continues to participate in daily conference calls with the White House, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and gulf state governors regarding the oil spill.

Brownsville weather service warns of watersprout forming in hurricane Alex

The national weather service in Brownsville issued a statement saying there is a watersprout 32 Miles east of South Padre Island. The Thunderstorm is heading towards South Padre Island.


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BROWNSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SPECIAL MARINE WARNING FOR...
  LAGUNA MADRE FROM THE PORT OF BROWNSVILLE TO THE ARROYO COLORADO.
  WATERS FROM PORT MANSFIELD TX TO THE RIO GRANDE RIVER FROM 20 TO 60
  NM.
  COASTAL WATERS FROM PORT MANSFIELD TX TO THE RIO GRANDE RIVER OUT
  20 NM.

* UNTIL 130 PM CDT

* AT 1244 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
  THUNDERSTORM...CONTAINING A WATERSPOUT...32 MILES EAST OF SOUTH
  PADRE ISLAND...MOVING WEST AT 55 KNOTS.

* THE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR...
  SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BY 115 PM CDT.
  LAGUNA VISTA BY 125 PM CDT.

Rango – teaser trailer released

Rango is a animated film about a chameleon named Rango who haves identity crisis and goes on a journey of ‘self-discovery’ in the Desert. Johnny Depp is doing the voice of Rango, that’s so perfect Johnny Depp as a confused chameleon. There are a couple of other people also starring in the film but their roles are rather obscure at the moment, which is perfect. There’s Isla Fisher as Lucy, Abigail Breslin as Missy, Timothy Olyphant as the Spirit of the West the rest at the moment are just names what they role is, is not released just yet. Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Staton, Ray Winstone, Stephen Root, Beth Grant and Ned Beatty.

Rango is directed by Gore Verbinski that brought us the The Pirates of Caribbean. With a excellent director a very talented cast and throw in animation with a lot of humour guarantees a success.

Rango Trailer HD (2011)

If the trailer is this funny I cannot wait to see the movie. Rango looks awesome but unfortunately for us will only be released at theatres on the 4th March 2011.

Damage Already Occurred in Port Isabel, west of Brownsville – Outerband tornado alert

Several tornadoes have been spotted in the outer bands associated with Alex.  Most recently, at 1216 PM, a tornado was spotted 5 miles north of Raymondville.  Earlier this morning, at approximately 1035 AM, a tornado touched down in San Pedro, turning over an 18 wheeler into a mobile trailer, knocking down and uprooting trees and damaging pipes at a neighborhood under construction, and tipping over a large water kiosk.  Another possible tornado blew a fence nito the middle of the road and knocked trees down behind a convenience store at the intersection of Highway 109 and Messina Road in Port Isabel at approximately 1010 AM.

Additional small but dangerous fast moving tornadoes are possible as feeder bands continue to progress inland as Alex edges closer to landfall.  Areas under threat early this afternoon include Brooks…Hidalgo…Starr…and Jim Hogg County.  Residents should stay alert for tornadoes and warnings, many which may be covered by heavy rain.  If you hear a warning, do not seek visual confirmation!  Seek safety indoors, away from windows and doors in a bathroom, closet or other interior room.

via

National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office

Brownsville, TX

Hurricane Alex wind speeds now 85 MPH or 135 KM/HR

According to the latest release from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida the wind speeds of Alex now reached 130km/hr or 85mph. The Hurricane is about 210km from Brownsville at the moment and 110km from La Pesca, Mexico. Full report below

HURRICANE ALEX INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER  20A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL   AL012010
100 PM CDT WED JUN 30 2010

...LARGE HURRICANE ALEX...A LITTLE STRONGER...AIMS AT THE NORTHERN
MEXICO AND SOUTHERN TEXAS COAST...  


SUMMARY OF 100 PM CDT...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...24.4N 96.2W
ABOUT 110 MI...175 KM ENE OF LA PESCA MEXICO
ABOUT 130 MI...210 KM SSE OF BROWNSVILLE TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...85 MPH...135 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...18 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...962 MB...28.41 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* THE COAST OF TEXAS SOUTH OF BAFFIN BAY TO THE MOUTH OF THE RIO
GRANDE
* THE COAST OF MEXICO FROM THE MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE TO LA CRUZ

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN IN EFFECT FOR...
* THE COAST OF TEXAS FROM BAFFIN BAY TO PORT OCONNOR
* THE COAST OF MEXICO SOUTH OF LA CRUZ TO CABO ROJO

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED
STATES...INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE
MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDE
UNITED STATES...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL
METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 100 PM CDT...1800 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ALEX WAS LOCATED
BY A RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
BROWNSVILLE RADAR NEAR LATITUDE 24.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 96.2 WEST.
ALEX HAS BEEN MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST A LITTLE FASTER...NEAR 12
MPH...18 KM/HR DURING THE PAST FEW HOURS. HOWEVER...THE HURRICANE
SHOULD TURN MORE TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST OR WEST LATER TODAY. THE
CENTER OF ALEX WILL PROBABLY MAKE LANDFALL IN NORTHEASTERN MEXICO
WITHIN THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA LATE TONIGHT OR EARLY THURSDAY
MORNING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 85 MPH...135
KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  ALEX IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE
SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE BUT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME
A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE PRIOR TO LANDFALL. A GRADUAL WEAKENING
SHOULD BEGIN AFTER THE CENTER CROSSES THE COASTLINE.

ALEX IS A LARGE CYCLONE AND THE HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD
UP TO 60 MILES...95 KM...FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE
WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 200 MILES...325 KM PRIMARILY TO THE
NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER.  OBSERVATIONS FROM THE MEXICAN NAVY HAVE
BEEN VERY USEFUL IN TRACKING ALEX DURING THE PAST FEW DAYS. THE
AUTOMATIC STATION IN MATAMOROS MEXICO RECENTLY REPORTED A WIND GUST
OF 60 MPH...96 KM/HR. 

LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY A RECONNAISSANCE PLANE
WAS 962 MB...28.41 INCHES.


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
RAINFALL...ALEX IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS
OF 6 TO 12 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN MEXICO AND SOUTHERN
TEXAS...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 20 INCHES.  THESE RAINS
COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES...
ESPECIALLY IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.  THE BROWNSVILLE DOPPLER RADAR
SHOWS NUMEROUS RAINBANDS ASSOCIATED WITH ALEX AFFECTING THE
SOUTHERN TEXAS AND NORTHEASTERN MEXICO COASTS.

WIND...HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE COAST WITHIN
THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA TONIGHT. HOWEVER...TROPICAL STORM WINDS
ARE ALREADY AFFECTING PORTIONS OF THE COAST. 

STORM SURGE...A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE WILL RAISE WATER LEVELS BY
AS MUCH AS 3 TO 5 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST
TO THE NORTH OF WHERE THE CENTER MAKES LANDFALL.  THE SURGE COULD
PENETRATE INLAND AS FAR AS SEVERAL MILES FROM THE SHORE WITH DEPTH
GENERALLY DECREASING AS THE WATER MOVES INLAND.  NEAR THE COAST...
THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DESTRUCTIVE WAVES.

TORNADOES...ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF EXTREME
SOUTHERN TEXAS TODAY AND TONIGHT.


NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...400 PM CDT.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA

 

Alex is officially a hurricane – NASA PHOTO

According to NASA the tropical storm Alex grew to be a hurricane. It is the first hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season. NASA captured a image of Alex on June the 29th with NASA’s Aqua satellite. NASA also said that the storm is the first June hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since 1995.

Tropical Storm Alex intensified by 11 p.m. EDT on June 29 and became the first hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season. NASA satellites continue to provide visible, infrared and microwave satellite data to forecasters to help the National Hurricane Center forecast Alex’s intensity and track, and NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over Alex hours before it became a hurricane yesterday.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite is one of those NASA instruments that provide forecasters data. MODIS captured a visible image of Alex on June 29 at 3:35 p.m. EDT as it churned over the Gulf of Mexico, and provided a high resolution image of this large storm’s extent in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now that Alex has become a hurricane, the storm has the title of being the first June hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since 1995.

First hand account of serious police brutality at the G20 in Toronto

This was in a email. We will cover the name of the person that orignally wrote this for safety reasons. He was attenting a critical mass in Toronto when attacked by police

My name is ************, age 26 and life long resident of Toronto, Canada. I was
attacked and held illegally by Toronto Police in the “g20 jail” on Sunday June 27th,
2010.

I was riding in a special critical mass of cyclists, there was 600 cylists riding in group to take the media spotlight away from the property damage done to the city core the day before.

The bike ride was peaceful and no street laws where broken. The mass ride was riding
along Yorkville and this is where I was attacked. A police cyclist blocked my path directly in front of me; another police cyclist struck me in the face, hitting my teeth with his fist.

Another police cyclist threw his bicycle into mine causing me to fall to the ground. The
squad of five police officers threw me onto the fallen police bike, pushing me down onto
the bicycle and beat me in the face and the groin. The officer that struck me first held
my knees open as another hit me repeatedly in the groin. I was then turned on to my
stomach and my face was smashed into the street repeatedly, leaving a pool of blood.
This all happened without any notification by the police officers as to what crime I
committed or why they were attacking me. As the beatings continued I repeated in a
strong voice, “I am not resisting.”

I was now on my stomach with my arms restrained behind my back with my face being
pushed into the street under the knee of another police officer. A large group of police
set up a line of police bikes to stop onlookers from getting a clear view on what was
taking place. The police threatened the witnesses with arrest under the charge of
obstruction of justice. As the beatings continued the officers repeatedly kneed me in the
head, lower and upper back. There is heavy bruising around my right shoulder, cuts and
bruises on my right knee and right elbow and my chin has a large cut that likely needed
stitches.

As I was being beaten, I cried out in extreme pain, “Stop the insanity.”
I was removed from the street, dragged into the near by parking structure on Yorkville
Avenue . The arresting officers’ number was 8114, and his commanding officer was Sgt.
Hicks. All other officers on site had no visible badge number and would not identify
themselves. The police told everyone in the parking structure to leave or face arrest
under the charge of obstruction of justice. They then spoke about taking me into a
corner without any cameras. I was barely conscious as the beatings continued against
the wall of the parking building. They threatened to beat me if i did not remain silent, i repeated one thing, “I am complying”.

The officers then read me my rights and told me I was under arrest for inciting. All I
could think about was my handcuffs, I could not move or feel my hands. I asked them
repeatedly to loosen my handcuffs. Finally after thirty minutes of the police pushing my
head into the wall, Sergeant Hicks ordered them to loosen my handcuffs. I was indebted
to his mercy.

I was sent to the G20 jail site on Eastern Avenue and Pape. I arrived at the makeshift
jail at 2pm, and I left by midnight. All charges dropped, no explanation given. I was let
go under a verbal promise not to go to a protest again. I am now in fear for my life, I live in this city, I am active in the public life and workings of the city. I fear for they will pick me up and bring me back to the detention center at anytime.
G20 Detention center on Eastern Avenue.

I was brought to the detention center at 2pm, I left at 12am, my life would change
between those ten hours. I was the first to be placed in one of ten holding cells. The
holding cells where in a giant studio space with extremely filthy floors. Vomit and piss
where present everywhere. The holding cell was ten feet wide and four feet deep. There
was a latrine in every holding cell, the latrine was full to the point where it was
overflowing onto the cells floor. I was the first to be brought into the holding cell.

By the end of the day 25 people where being held in that cell, and all of us were handcuffed for the entire duration of our stay, other people in other cells told us they have been there for more than thirty hours. The cells became overcrowded to a point where people where handcuffed to the floor outside the cells.

I was beaten bad by the police, I asked for a medic and was laughed at by every police
guard on duty. They told me there where more people hurt in worse ways then me. Not
one medic was ever seen and no one that I knew of received any medical attention. Of
the 25 people in my cell, half where not protesters, two needed medications that they
never received and myself with open wounds and a handcuffed, bruised arm and
shoulder.

We where given a two day old stale cheese and butter sandwich, and given a
small cup of water every five hours. The police guards had a unlimited supply of apples,
bottled water, roast beef sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries that they were
eating in front of our cells. Some cell mates where so desperate for food they eat the
thrown away apple cores left on my the cell wall. No one in the entire holding facility got a phone call to the outside world. I have two friends that have yet to be seen or heard from for over three days.

As I was let out, the officer escorting me got lost, thereby taking me through most of the detention facility. No one person had received a phone call, and the people that have
specific charges laid against them were being held in one person cells that do not have
enough space to lie down. As I walked past their cages, i saw the look of fear, anxiety
and the loss of hope that can only be seen thorough the fear for losing ones life.
I now live under the fear that the Toronto police will raid my home and take me away to
the dentition center again. I fear I have gotten away with my freedom and they will take
it back at anytime.

Tropical Storm Alex becomes Hurricane – interrupts Gulf Oil spill clean-up

Tropical Storm Alex started forming a little over a week ago. It hit the Yucatan Peninsula and lost some of it’s strength while travelling over land but when it reached the seas it started to gain strength over the warm waters. As of today Alex is officially the first hurricane of the season. At the moment it’s classified as Category 1 hurricane and is the first June hurricane in the Atlantic basin in 15 years, since Allison in 1995.

The biggest concern since Alex was first spotted was that it would hit the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig. Fortunately it will not hit the site directly and is moving towards Mexico and Texas coast but the strong winds and waves generated by the hurricane is interfering with the clean-up process. The booms are the most affected, at the moment, as the waves just push the oil over it and under it, making it useless. People working on the on the clean-up have been evacuated and they have had to stop the controlled burns of the crude oil on the oceans surface and cancel all the flights spraying dispersant chemicals until the weather have cleared. Unfortunately that means the drilling of the relief oil well at the Deepwater Horizon is also put on hold until the winds and water condition have improved.

There is also the concern in the rise of water levels as the oil is pushed unto the coast lines even reaching the roads. Cars have been detoured to avoid the oily water that are splashing onshore. The whole stretch from Southern Louisiana and the Mississippi are being watched for floods as the tides rises. 

In the face of all the extent of the disaster the US State Department has stated that it will accept offers of help from 22 countries one of which is Japan; including two high-speed skimmers and fire containment boom from Japan the department said in a statement.

Pensecola Beach water burning like acid – VIDEO

Florida, United States – The beach is burning, well in Pensecola at least. This video comes from Pcolagregg‘s youtube channel which is really worth checking out. You will see the water coming in boils like it comes directly from a kettle. The sea is boiling with toxins or acids. We cant be sure what it is but obviously BP has something they are not telling us.

What could cause the water to boil like this? You can also sea the damage the Gulf of Mexico oil spill did to the "whitest beach on earth". It basically destroyed the beach.

Check out the video:

 

NASA adds 700 high quality images on Google Earth as a layer

NASA released more than 700 high quality photos from the Earth Observatory and made it available on Google Earth as a layer. This is also their first "foray" into using Google Earth as a browsing tool.

Over 700 selected images from the Earth Observatory are now available as a layer in Google Earth. We are always experimenting with ways to present the vast array of resources that are in the EO and this is our first foray into using Google Earth as a browse tool. Please let us know what you think.

You can view the layer from the NASA Earth Observatory here on Google Earth