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Date of Issue: June 28, 2010

1st tropical storm named

The first tropical storm of the 2010 hurricane season was christened June 26.

Tropical Storm Alex formed in the western Caribbean and, on Saturday morning, was heading toward the Yucatan Peninsula with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported tropical storm warnings for the coast of Belize and the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico from Chetumal to Cancun. The day Alex was named, the Honduran coast from Limon west to the Guatemala border was under a tropical storm watch.

NHC was not reporting any direct impact on Florida, as of June 26.

A chief concern was the impact of a storm on the still growing Gulf of Mexico oil spill — a leak at a Deepwater Horizon well leased by BP off the coast of Louisiana.

A significant storm might slow or stall efforts to cleanup the spill and further control the leak in the Gulf, where a force of ships have been deployed for skimming, burning and dispersant operations.