Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in Texas as state struggles with coronavirus


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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  2 weeks ago  •  16 comments

By:   Nicole Acevedo and Dennis Romero

Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in Texas as state struggles with coronavirus
Hurricane Hanna made landfall in Texas on Saturday with heavy rains, coastal floods and possible tornadoes as the state grappled with spikes in coronavirus cases.

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Hurricane Hanna strengthened as it made landfall on the Texas coast Saturday, with the storm set to bring heavy rains, coastal floods and possible tornadoes — all while the state struggles with a surge of coronavirus cases.

Hanna was upgraded Saturday morning from a tropical storm, becoming the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

It was expected to begin weakening after official landfall, the hurricane center said.

It reached the Texas coast on Padre Island at 5 p.m. CT, the center said, and hurricane conditions were lashing the island.

It issued a storm surge warning as well as an official hurricane warning for areas surrounding Port Mansfield, Mesquite Bay and Sargent, Texas.

Hanna was moving west at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, federal forecasters said.

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Corpus Christi is in Nueces County, which made national headlines when health officials said several dozen infants tested positive for the coronavirus from July 1 to July 16.

"Don't feel like since we've been fighting COVID for five months that we're out of energy or we're out of gas. We're not," Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb said Friday. "We can do these two things together, and we're going to win both of them."

Farther south in Cameron County, which borders Mexico, more than 300 confirmed new cases have been reported almost daily for the past two weeks, according to state health figures. The past week has also been the county's deadliest of the pandemic.

Hanna's rain "may result in life-threatening flash flooding, rapid rises on small streams, and isolated minor to moderate river flooding in south Texas," the National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane is expected to bring 6 to 12 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 18 inches, through Sunday night to areas in South Texas and the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and northern Tamaulipas.

Between 3 and 5 inches of rain were expected along northern parts of Texas and some Louisiana coasts.

Parts of the lower to middle Texas coastal plain could possibly face tornadoes caused by Hanna on Saturday and early morning Sunday.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor said his agency has been in constant communication with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott "to offer our support & coordinate response efforts."

"We urge residents to #BeReady and take precaution," Gaynor tweeted.

Abbott said at a press conference Saturday afternoon that he signed a disaster declaration for 32 Texas counties and has requested a federal emergency declaration as well.

"Just because a hurricane comes, doesn't mean COVID-19 disappears," the governor said, adding that hurricane shelters are getting sanitized and that he has mobilized testing teams to provide hundreds of oral swab tests per day.

A hundred medical personnel from the Texas National Guard have also been mobilized to provided medical help at shelters if necessary, according to the governor.

Abbott said officials anticipate "severe" and "life-threatening flash floods" in the Rio Grande Valley, adding that FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard are already in the state to help with the response.


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The Magic Eight Ball
1  The Magic Eight Ball    2 weeks ago

as far as hurricanes go?    not even a problem.

the surf was good early morning  :)

1.1  MUVA  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @1    2 weeks ago

We have a little surf headed our way I love hurricane season.

The Magic Eight Ball
1.1.1  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  MUVA @1.1    2 weeks ago

cool... what state? 

it was a fairly solid 10 ft yesterday morning (measured on the back)

I paddled all the way to the horizon and then some and caught 5 min waves back in... mind blowing fun.

1.1.2  MUVA  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

I mostly surf in NC but live in VA beach I have a house in Frisco. 

The Magic Eight Ball
1.1.3  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  MUVA @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

ahhhhh    NC, thats right, I remember now...  just needed a memory check.. LOL

I have mentioned I have surfed there before... but I have ta admit.  I fukin hate cold water :)

2  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Disaster piled on diaster.

Wishing the best for the area.

2.1  MAGA  replied to  Kavika @2    2 weeks ago

I’m sure that the Trump administration and FEMA will come through for the people there, though the people and government in Texas are likely prepared enough because it’s Texas!  

3  Kathleen    2 weeks ago

Hoping all those folks will come out of this okay...

The Magic Eight Ball
3.1  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Kathleen @3    2 weeks ago

we took it on the chin. no problem

some fences down some power outages... 

here, a category 1 hurricane is just another windy day... LOL

Buzz of the Orient
4  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

Wouldn't it be a dream if the Trump virus would be "Gone With The Wind"?  Oooops!  Maybe it's wrong these days to mention that movie.

4.1  MUVA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    2 weeks ago

Or gone in 60 seconds.

Buzz of the Orient
4.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MUVA @4.1    2 weeks ago

Aha.  Another movie name.  Why don't you try my movie quiz?

4.1.2  MUVA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1.1    2 weeks ago

I will try I worked in high school and after part as a projectionist I watched a bunch of movies in the early 80's. 

Paula Bartholomew
4.1.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  MUVA @4.1    2 weeks ago

The remake of that movie truly sucked.

Buzz of the Orient
4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    2 weeks ago

Speaking of Gone With the Wind, Olivia de Havilland (who played Melanie), the last surviving star of that movie, and one of he last remaining of Hollywood's "Royalty", just died at the age of 104.


Paula Bartholomew
4.2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.2    one week ago

Actually there is one cast member still alive.  His was not a large part though....Mickey Kuhn (86) who played Ashley's/Melanie's son Beau.


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