Chasing Alex

Photo by MSgt. Jack Braden

An Air Force Reserve Command WC-130J Super Hercules crew from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron -- known as the Hurricane Hunters -- at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, tracked Hurricane Alex as it came ashore late in the evening of 29 June 2010 on an unpopulated stretch of coast in northern Mexico about 110 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. The storm reached reached Category 2 classification on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale and had sustained winds of 105 miles per hour and spawned tornadoes in southern Texas. Alex was the strongest June hurricane to make landfall in the US since 1966.

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