Alex Gaining Strength in the Gulf

By: PATRICK E. JONES - Associated Press Writer
By: PATRICK E. JONES - Associated Press Writer

Tropical Storm Alex is gaining strength as it swirls across the Gulf of Mexico on a path toward Mexico's northeastern coast that threatens to push oil from the massive spill farther inland.

Stacy Stewart is a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. He says the tropical storm's center isn't expected to approach the area of the oil spill off Louisiana's coast. But Alex's outer wind field could push oil from the spill farther inland and hinder operations in the area.

Forecasters also say Alex could become a hurricane later in the day Monday or Tuesday.

Its heavy rains are expected to begin lashing the Mexican states of Tamaulipas or Veracruz around midweek.

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