Atlantic comes roaring to life with Hanna, Gonzalo eyeing land impacts

Atlantic comes roaring to life with Hanna, Gonzalo eyeing land impacts”

Gonzalo was expected to produce 2 to 5 inches of rain, with some areas receiving as much as 8 inches through Sunday night.

Gonzalo was moving west near 30km/h (18mph) with maximum sustained winds at 65km/h (40mph), the National Hurricane Center said.

Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb warned residents who live in flood-prone areas to heed coronavirus precautions when deciding to evacuate, the Texas Tribune reported.

Chris Birchfield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said residents needed to remain alert.

The weather system, which was still classified as a tropical storm Saturday morning, gathered strength to become a Category 1 hurricane by the afternoon with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Hurricane Douglas is expected to be at or near hurricane strength when it nears the eastern end of the Hawaiian islands by Saturday night or Sunday, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center said Friday.

Trinidad and Tobago government has issued a tropical storm warning for Tobago and Grenada, while St Lucia has cancelled the warning.

"Life-threatening storm surge" could potentially reach 6 feet (1.8 meters) in some areas, while the hurricane was forecast to drop up to 18 inches (45 centimeters) of rain through Monday on south Texas and the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and northern Tamaulipas.

More news: COVID-19 cases remain steady in county

Feltgen said it appeared that Gonzalo would not reach hurricane strength, noting that the storm's winds had decreased to 45 miles per hour.

And forecasters said Hurricane Hanna's dangers are many.

The new threat comes as coronavirus cases have been rising in several counties in the storm's path. Cases along the state's coast have soared into the tens of thousands, and more than 400 people in Corpus Christi's city of 325,000 were hospitalized with the novel coronavirus on Friday, according to city data. Hanna is the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

About 10,000 people in the county have been infected with the virus; more than one-fifth of those cases were reported in the past week. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions.

"Any hurricane is an enormous challenge", Texas Governor Greg Abbott said during a Saturday briefing about the storm. "All hurricane preparation work has been completed", the Port of Corpus Christi said in a statement on Friday. "On top of that, we have the potential of a hurricane coming our way".

Meanwhile, Gonzalo was pouring heavy rain on the Windward Islands, but the tropical storm was expected to weaken and dissipate by Sunday night.

Hanna is the eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

The NHC also said the hurricane will rapidly weaken after it reaches the USA mainland.

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