Hurricane Emily is a now Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds near 90 mph. It could strengthen into a powerful Category 3 storm before nearing the northeastern coast of Mexico early Wednesday, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the lower Texas coast from Port Mansfield southward to the Mexico border. A hurricane watch remained in effect north of Port Mansfield to Baffin Bay. Emily's center was about 275 miles east of La Pesca, Mexico, and about 300 miles east-southeast of Brownsville. The storm is moving west-northwest at near 15 mph .
On South Padre Island, Cameron County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa ordered a mandatory evacuation of people in recreational vehicles, The Associated Press reported. Two-hundred twenty-five Texas Army National Guard soldiers were activated in case they are needed for hurricane duty, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry told the AP. An additional 100 Texas State Guard personnel are on standby, according to the AP.
Many South Texas residents were loading up on water, batteries and canned food as well as boarding up windows. Residents of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula cleaned up downed trees and other debris Monday after they were pelted overnight by Emily's fury.
Police have so far reported no fatalities from Emily in the coastal areas of Mexico, popular with U.S. tourists.
So far, the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season has been particularly active, with five named storms developing in the first six weeks. Two of them -- Emily and Dennis -- developed into major hurricanes.