MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) - At least two people are dead in northern Mexico from the drenching that was brought by Hurricane Alex.
The storm brought dry rivers roaring to life, and turned highways into rushing streams. It ripped off roofs, caused severe flooding and forced thousands to flee coastal fishing villages near the Texas border.
Alex weakened to a tropical storm today as it moved to the west,
but still caused major problems.
In Matamoros, a city across the border from Brownsville, Texas, crews are still using boats to survey damage in some flooded neighborhoods.
The Atlantic season's first hurricane largely spared nearby Texas, which had prepared for a possible direct hit. It brought rain, spawned two tornadoes and caused 1,000 people to evacuate low-lying areas of Texas. But state officials reported no injuries or major damage.
More than 1,000 people who packed shelters in Hidalgo and
Cameron nearly all left for home at daybreak.