Recap:Hurricane Alex Hits SPI


POSTED: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 9:27pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 2, 2010 - 9:20am

Hurricane Alex made its way to South Padre with high winds and rain, Matt Fernandez rode out the storm and has the story.

On Wednesday palm trees were blowing hard and some parts of Padre Blvd. looking more like a lake. We also caught up with one guy kayaking down the Blvd. On the water rough waves made its way ashore. This was an update at 2pm on Wednesday.

“This the beach, if you can tell it is a beach. The water is coming into the sand dunes. Spokesperson for SPI Dan Quandt says we could see storm surges of 3 to 5 feet and the biggest concern is the water coming up to the buildings.”

We found some folks on the beach with a dog checking out the sites.
“We are checking the waves, playing in the water, it is awesome when it’s like this.”
In the evening the storm really started picking up with palm trees blowing. This was a night update.

“You can tell the hurricane is coming the intensity picking up, look at the waves 3-5 feet as the hurricane comes. You can see the water coming up to the sand dunes. We already saw a total of 4 inches as we could see 6-12 inches.”
At around midnight was the peak of the Hurricane. The palms trees were blowing hard, signs shaking, flags blowing and the streets were drenched with rain. Throughout the day the causeway was closed and law enforcement blocked it off bridge with their vehicles. Thursday morning the causeway reopened and things are starting to get back to normal on the Island.

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