Hurricane Hanna Makes Landfall

The main hazard is expected to be flash flooding
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2020 2:30 PM CDT
Updated Jul 25, 2020 5:00 PM CDT
Virus-Weary Texas Braces for Hurricane Hanna
People walk along the seawall at Whitecap beach to watch as Hurricane Hanna approaches land on Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Corpus Christi, Texas.   (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Hurricane Hanna made landfall on Texas' Padre Island on Saturday afternoon. The storm made landfall about 15 miles north of Port Mansfield, Texas, with maximum winds of 90 mph, the US National Hurricane Center said in a 5pm CDT update, the AP reports. Local officials on Saturday asked residents to stay home and ride out the storm, but to also be mindful of the pandemic. Meteorologists say the biggest concern from Hanna is expected to be flash flooding. For more:

  • Many parts of Texas have been dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, but local officials said they were prepared for whatever the storm may bring. Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb said Saturday that he had seen some residents doing last-minute shopping for supplies, but he warned that if that hadn't been done already, people should stay at home and ride out the storm.
  • Judge Barbara Canales, Nueces County's top elected official, said officials were highly concerned about storm surge. Live webcam footage showed waves sweeping over popular Whitecap Beach near Corpus Christi hours before the hurricane made landfall.
  • First responders in Corpus Christi proactively placed barricades near intersections to have them ready to go if streets began to flood, McComb said. More than 9,100 people in the Corpus Christi area were without power early Saturday afternoon.
  • Forecasters said Hanna could bring 6 to 12 inches of rain through Sunday night—with isolated totals of 18 inches—in addition to coastal swells that could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
  • South Texas officials' plans for any possible rescues, shelters, and monitoring of the storm will have the pandemic in mind and incorporate social distancing guidelines and mask wearing.
(More Hurricane Hanna stories.)

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