Hanna, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2020, struck the coast of coronavirus-infested Texas on Saturday, bringing heavy rain, storm surges, and potentially life-threatening flash floods.
The Category 1 storm had wind speeds of about 145 kilometers per hour when it landed on Padre Island at 5:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. GMT), the US National Hurricane Center said.
"Hanna is expected to cause heavy rains in parts of southern Texas and northeastern Mexico. These rains will result in life-threatening flash floods," and some river floods said the meteorologists.
"The life-threatening storm surge will continue on parts of the Texas coast," some areas say. The wave could reach 1.8 meters in some areas.
Hanna could drop 45 centimeters of rain on southern Texas and the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and North Tamaulipas by Monday.
Hanna roared ashore when Texas faced a huge increase in coronavirus infections. Officials set up a nationwide mask mandate to curb the spread of the disease.
Hanna was about 70 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas when it landed. The city of 325,000, home to one of the largest virus outbreaks in Texas, had closed libraries and museums when residents were ready for the storm, local media reported.
The United States is the most affected country in the coronavirus pandemic, with around 4.2 million cases. Authorities need to figure out how to safely protect residents who will be driven out of their homes this season by future hurricanes.
Hanna was due to move inland across southern Texas on Saturday evening and into northeastern Mexico on Sunday.
Two other storm systems swirled around on Saturday: Pacific Hurricane Douglas in the Hawaiian Islands and tropical storm Gonzalo in the Atlantic near the Windward Islands.
Douglas – once a strong Category 4 hurricane – has weakened into a Category 1 storm with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.
The NHC said on Saturday that the storm would "be near the main Hawaiian islands late at night and move across parts of the state on Sunday and Monday," with strong winds, surf, and rainfall of up to 10 inches brings.
A hurricane warning was in effect in Oahu.
Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government warned of heavy rains and gusty winds as Gonzalo headed west across the Caribbean.
Big waves have already started hitting the coast in eastern Venezuela, and power cuts were cut off in some areas on Saturday, Venezuelan media reported.
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