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Texas, already combating a surge in coronavirus cases, was bracing Saturday after storm Hanna strengthened into the first Atlantic hurricane of 2020, with meteorologists warning of heavy rain, storm surge and possibly life-threatening flash flooding.
The storm, with wind speeds of spherical 80 miles per hour (130 kilometers per hour), strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane in a single day and is anticipated to make landfall by afternoon or early evening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) talked about.
It would possibly ship storm surges of as a lot as 5 toes and drop as a lot as 18 inches of rain on components of south Texas, the NHC talked about, warning of dangerous flash flooding.
Hanna was about 85 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, at 10:00 am native time (1500 GMT), and was transferring west at about seven miles per hour, an NHC advisory talked about.
Storm warnings had been already in influence alongside Texas’s Gulf Coast early Saturday. In Corpus Christi, a metropolis of 325,000, officers closed libraries and museums as residents braced for the storm, native media reported.
Hanna will roar ashore as Texas is already coping with an unlimited surge in coronavirus infections, with officers instituting a state-wide masks mandate to aim to curb the unfold of the sickness.
Douglas — at one degree a powerful Category 4 hurricane — has weakened to a Category 2 storm with wind speeds of 105 miles per hour.
Hurricane warnings had been in influence Saturday in Hawaii and Maui counties along with Oahu.
Meanwhile, Gonzalo was pouring heavy rain on the Windward Islands, nevertheless the tropical storm was anticipated to weaken and dissipate by Sunday night.