Hurricane Hanna lashes virus-hit Texas coast

Hurricane Hanna lashes virus-hit Texas coast

Hurricane Hanna lashes virus-hit Texas coast

Hurricane Hanna's winds lashed the south Texas coast early Sunday (July 26, 2020), knocking out power to thousands before it was downgraded to a tropical storm that still threatened flash flooding in the area already badly hit by COVID-19 infections.

Houston's deputy director for emergency management said Hurricane Hanna was a test of the state's ability to respond to disaster while trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be Isaias, the ninth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

On Saturday afternoon, the storm was about 75 miles (121 km) south of the city of Corpus Christi, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (138 kph), the NHC said.

A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection toldthe Corpus Christi Caller-Times that Hurricane Hanna hit the area at nighttime, making it impossible for the video, which was filmed during the day, to depict the same storm.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour or 75 km/h, with higher gusts.

Hanna came almost three years after Hurricane Harvey made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi.

The NHC forecast that Hanna would lose steam as it moved inland across Texas and northeastern Mexico overnight into Sunday.

"If you are sheltering away from home today, please remember that #COVID19 is not taking a break for the storm".

Once again, there will be the chance of some locally heavy downpours, but flooding rains are not expected.

The storm left more than 20,000 customers without power in parts of southern Texas, while low to moderate levels of wind damage have been reported throughout the Rio Grande Valley. "I really want to make sure that we know going forward that these are not problems to ignore, but these are problems to address vigorously".

Hurricane Douglas swept north of Hawaii late Sunday, sparing Honolulu but still posing a threat to Kauai on the northwestern end of the Pacific island chain.

Flash flood warnings are in effect by the weather service for areas including the city of McAllen, Mission, Brownsville, San Benito, Donna, Mercedes, Raymondville and Lyford.

"We are early in the hurricane season, there are still storms brewing in the Atlantic that could possibly head our way over the next couple of months", said Canales.

'Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for development and a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form within the next two or three days as the system nears the Lesser Antilles'. "Even if the centre remains offshore, severe impacts could still be realised over the islands".

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