Hurricane Alex Weakens, Leaves Path of Damage

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Hurricane Alex came ashore Wednesday night in northern Mexico, ripping off roofs, flooding streets and forcing many residents to flee. The storm is also being blamed for at least four deaths -- including a 5-year-old.

Alex hit a relatively unpopulated area with sustained winds of nearly 105 mph. There were forced evacuations on both sides of the Mexican- U.S. border.

However, Alex is losing strength as it moves inland. It has now been downgraded from a Category 2 storm to a Category 1 storm.

Forecasters predicted the Atlantic's first hurricane would deliver drenching rain to Texas for most of the day on Thursday. However, the Lone Star state dodged a direct hit from what some scientists have called the most powerful June hurricane in more than 40 years.

The powerful storm is hundreds of miles from the site of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but its high winds have still sidelined clean-up efforts.

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"You can't have more than about three to five feet, and then you start having not very good results in skimming, especially off shore, and especially with the size of boom that you have and so forth," said National Incident Commander Thad Allen.

White-capped waves from Alex's winds will keep the skimmer boats docked for another day or two. But when cleanup resumes, the world's largest oil-skimming vessel will join the effort.

On Washington's Capitol Hill, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar promised the leak would be largely contained in the next month.

"Moving into mid-July, the 60,000 to 80,000 barrels of oil will be able to contain most of the pollution currently emanating in the Gulf of Mexico," Salazar said.

The British Petroleum oil spill is now the largest spill ever in the Gulf of Mexico.

By Thursday, the spill will hit the 140 million gallon mark. That surpasses the record spill in 1979 by the Mexican company Ixtoc I. The BP spill has been spewing oil for two and-a-half months.

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