FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (6/30/10)--The Texas Credit Union League was tracking the progress of Tropical Storm Alex as it neared hurricane status, the league said Tuesday morning (LoneStar Leaguer June 29). At 10 p.m. Tuesday, the weather service declared Alex as the first hurricane of the season. As of 10 p.m. Alex was about 255 miles to the southeast of Brownsville, Texas. It was moving west-northwest at 12 mph with winds of 75 mph. The weather service said the hurricane likely will strengthen as it crosses the warm Gulf water (weather.com June 29). It was expected to make landfall tonight, possibly as a category 2 hurricane. Hurricane warnings extend from Buffin Bay, Texas, to La Cruz, Mexico. Heavy rains could flood areas in southern Texas and northern Mexico. Credit unions can track the storm on the league's website with its disaster preparation page. The league "will keep readers and visitors updated as the storm moves along its path with news and online updates." Also, the Texas Credit Union Foundation will be ready to activate its Disaster Relief Fund if necessary. Alex is the first Atlantic Basin hurricane during the month of June in more than 15 years--since Hurricane Allison in 1995, said weather.com. A hurricane has not made a U.S. landfall in June since Hurricane Bonnie in 1986. Given the projected path, it appears that streak will remain intact, with Alex hitting land on July 1. This year's hurricane season is expected to be a heavy one, with more named tropical storms and hurricanes and more major hurricanes. Credit unions already have been reviewing and updating their disaster plans since hurricane season began in May. The season is over at the end of November.