But Tropical Storm Alex took a westerly course that steered clear of the bulk of the spill.
Alex drenched the Yucatan Peninsula before reaching hurricane strength over the Bay of Campeche. It then roared ashore in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state on June 30 with winds of more than 100 mph.
With less than six hours left in the month, that made Alex the strongest June hurricane in the Atlantic basin for more than 50 years.
The storm caused severe flooding across northern Mexico and adjacent parts of Texas, forcing thousands of people to flee coastal villages.
It also spawned two tornadoes and produced winds strong enough to uproot trees and knock down power poles.
Highest winds near the eye of the storm were confined to a sparsely populated area of Tamaulipas, limiting the extent of damage.
Hurricane Alex Track
Radar Loop Data: NOAA - U.S. National Weather Service