Tropical depression soaks Mexico, seen weakening

* Tropical storm warning to be lifted for border area

* Region badly flooded last week by Hurricane Alex

* More storms could complicate oil spill clean-up

MEXICO CITY, July 8 (BestGrowthStock) – A tropical depression
churned into the western Gulf of Mexico coast on Thursday near
Mexico’s border with Texas, a region badly flooded by Hurricane
Alex last week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The depression was starting to make landfall around
mid-morning but the NHC said it was unlikely to become a
tropical storm. A tropical storm warning in place for the lower
Rio Grande valley along the border, from south of Baffin Bay,
in Texas to Rio San Fernando, Mexico, was expected to be lifted
later in the day.

Hurricane Alex battered northern Mexico last week as a
Category 2 storm, dumping heavy rains and flooding the major
business city of Monterrey, ripping apart highways, sweeping
away soccer and baseball pitches, killing 12 people and causing
$700 million of damage.

Alex also shuttered some oil and natural gas production in
the Gulf and disrupted BP’s efforts to contain its massive oil
spill off the Louisiana coast.

Thursday’s tropical depression was expected to drench the
border region with up to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain in some
places and buffet the area with strong winds.

Dams along the Rio Grande river marking the border with
Texas were already overflowing and two bridges linking Laredo,
Texas, with Nuevo Laredo, in northern Tamaulipas state, were
closed by floodwaters. The crossing is one of the principal
routes for all U.S.-Mexico trade.
(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Catherine Bremer)
(Link to the NHC: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Link to weather models: http://www.skeetobiteweather.com/))

Tropical depression soaks Mexico, seen weakening