“We’re not even close to over at this point,” Chris Birchfield, a meteorologist with the Nationwide Climate Service, informed The Related Press.
President Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday night that the White Home was intently monitoring Hanna – in addition to Hurricane Douglas, which was approaching Hawaii.
Hanna was an unwelcome visitor for Texas, a state already being hit laborious by the coronavirus pandemic.
The hurricane – the primary of the 2020 Atlantic cyclone season — made landfall twice Saturday afternoon as a Class 1 hurricane – each occasions in little greater than an hour. Its preliminary landfall got here round 5 p.m. native time at Padre Island, then its second landfall got here in Kenedy County round 6:15 p.m., the Caller Instances of Corpus Christi reported.
However by 1 a.m. Sunday, the 90-mph wind gusts that Hanna introduced together with her when making landfall had slowed to round 70 mph, dropping Hanna’s standing to a tropical storm, in keeping with the Nationwide Hurricane Middle.
At the moment, the tropical storm was about 30 miles north-northwest of McAllen, Texas, shifting about 9 miles per hour, the center reported.
Hours earlier, earlier than it formally hit land, its ferocity was evident Saturday afternoon in Nueces County, the place the drive of the hurricane precipitated the Bob Corridor Pier to break down, in keeping with a Fb publish by Nueces County Emergency Service District No. 2.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a catastrophe declaration on Saturday for 32 counties anticipated to really feel the impression of the hurricane, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Heavy rains have been anticipated to proceed within the area all through the weekend.
Forecasters have been predicting rainfall of as much as 12 inches by way of Sunday evening, with some areas seeing as a lot as 18 inches. Cameron County close to the Mexican border, which incorporates Brownsville, had already seen 9 inches of rain, the AP reported.
Regardless of its drive, Hanna was not anticipated to be as damaging as Hurricane Harvey, the Class four hurricane that devastated Texas and Louisiana in August 2017. Harvey left 68 Texans lifeless and precipitated $125 billion in injury within the state, the AP reported.