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Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in Texas

Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in Texas”

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that a "life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Sargent".

"The storm will basically rain itself out over extreme southern Texas and northeastern Mexico", he said.

Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and President Trump have granted a Federal Emergency Declaration request for Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) after Hurricane Hanna's landfall.

"We cannot allow this hurricane to lead to a more catastrophically deadly event by stoking additional spread of COVID-19 that could lead to fatalities", he said.

More than 43,700 people throughout South Texas, including Corpus Christi, Harlingen and Brownsville, were without power Saturday evening, according to AEP Texas.

Abbott said he has issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties in Texas and had asked the federal government to approve a similar declaration.

The National Weather Service office reported significant structural damage in Port Mansfield, Willacy County. 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.

David León, the national director of the civil protection department, told Milenio TV on Saturday that as many as 800 shelters could be activated in the parts of Mexico that could be affected by Hanna.

Hanna still posed a threat, forecasters said, noting it could dump upward of 18 inches (45 cm) of rain in isolated areas of southern Texas through Monday.

Water splashes as cars move along Weslayan Street near Bissonnet, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Houston. Cameron County near the Mexican border, which includes Brownsville, had already seen nine inches of rain, the AP reported.

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Isolated rain totals of over a foot are possible into early Sunday as Hanna begins to moves into northern Mexico.

Allen Heath surveys the damage to a private marina after it was hit by Hurricane Hanna in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Hanna was not expected to be as destructive as Harvey, which killed 68 people and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.

By early Sunday afternoon, Tropical Storm Hanna was centered near Monterrey, Mexico and was moving west-southwest at roughly 9 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph.

Douglas - at one point a powerful Category 4 hurricane - has weakened to a Category 1 storm with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour. A hurricane warning was in effect for Oahu County. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Big Island and Maui, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Kauai.

Separately Hurricane Douglas is now heading towards Hawaii but is expected to lose its hurricane status before hitting land. However, a slight shift in the track could change impacts either way.

Heavy rains were expected to continue in the region throughout the weekend.

Douglas will impact the islands as a low-end Category 1 hurricane.

In a tweet, Donald Trump said his administration was monitoring Hanna, along with Hurricane Douglas, which was heading toward Hawaii in the Pacific.



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