Hurricane Alex has finally made landfall just south of the US/ Mexican border bringing with it winds of 135 kilometres per hour.
Alex had picked up strength in the Gulf of Mexico but steered clear of oil fields much to the relief of the world crude markets.
The category two hurricane which is the first named storm of the 2010 Atlantic season, slammed into the coastline.
Emergency workers evacuated over 2,500 people from Matamoros and marines went door to door in the small fishing communities to rescue people from rickety wooden shacks.
In Texas residents had been preparing for the storm for days but concerns eased as the brunt headed further south.
Although the hurricane is far from the BP oil spill area the clean up vessels have been forced into ports and two metre waves have splattered Louisiana beaches with oil and tar balls.