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Storm updates will be posted here every hour as the storm moves closer to Texas .

UPDATE:

7PM 7/26/20- FINAL UPDATE: The storm has passed and entered into Mexico. The city of Corpus Christi announced in a news release there were no fatalities from the Category 1 hurricane. Sunday’s forecast will include a chance for severe thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy rain and low-line coastal flooding. Isolated showers are in the forecast for the evening. There is a 50% chance for scattered showers on Monday.

5PM 7/26/20- Boats were destroyed, power lines brought down and streets flooded as storm Hanna swept through the south of the Lone Star state. The storm brought sustained winds of 60mph and dropped more than 12 inches of rain, according to the National Hurricane Centre. It made landfall on Padre Island, south of Corpus Christi. At least three 18-wheeler trucks and several other vehicles were overturned, shutting down a two-mile stretch of US Route 77 in Sarita, close to the Mexican border. Texas governor Greg Abbott said on Saturday that some people in need of shelter would be given hotel rooms to help maintain social distancing from others. As the storm swept in he said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had approved an emergency declaration that will provide federal aid.

3PM 7/26/20- Widespread rainfall totals are between 4-6 inches, but some places have seen a foot of rainfall. There is still the chance for 2-4 inches of rain in parts of southern Texas as well as the chance of isolated tornadoes through the rest of Sunday. FEMA approved a Federal Emergency Declaration following the storm’s landfall, Gov. Abbott’s office said in a press release on Sunday. Tropical storm-force winds in parts of Texas could cause power outages and damage to buildings and trees. There is the possibility of brief spin-up tornadoes, and there will still be dangerous rip currents and localized beach flooding along the coast. Over 250,000 customers in south Texas are without power following Hurricane Hanna’s landfall on Saturday afternoon, according to power companies. Over 173,000 customers are without power in Hidalgo County alone, according to local power companies.

1PM 7/26/20- NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, July 26, 2020, due to the presence of Tropical Storm Hanna that made landfall on the Texas coast. Hanna has weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, with higher gusts. Additional weakening is expected as the center of Hanna moves farther inland, and the cyclone is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by tonight and dissipate Monday or Monday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles mainly to the east of the center of the tropical cyclone. Tropical Storm Hanna is located 90 miles west of McAllen, Texas, and is moving to the west-southwest at 9 mph. NHC forecasters say that this motion should continue through Monday.

11AM 7/26/20- Tropical Storm Hanna was last located 55 miles west of McAllen on Sunday, moving west southwest at 9 mph and packing maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles mainly over water to the east of the center. Hanna’s center will continue moving inland over northeastern Mexico through Sunday night.

10AM 7/26/20- In Mission, Texas, officials said early Sunday morning emergency responders had already been dispatched to several homes for water rescues. A tornado warning was issued running through early Sunday morning and officials reported thousands of residents were left without power, after heavy winds caused damage to power lines and traffic signals. At least 268,898 homes were without power throughout the state as of Sunday morning.

9AM 7/26/20- Parts of South Texas woke up on Sunday to damaged buildings and flooded streets after Hurricane Hanna made landfall as a Category 1 storm the day before. Already, some of the southernmost parts of Texas have received over a foot of rain as the center of the storm was crossing over to northeastern Mexico. Areas across southern Texas can expect another five to 10 inches of rain through the early morning, with some localized spots seeing as much as 18 inches of water. Areas along the Rio Grande Valley are especially susceptible to flooding. Flash flood warnings are in effect by the weather service for areas including the city of McAllen, Mission, Brownsville, San Benito, Donna, Mercedes, Raymondville and Lyford.

7AM 7/26/20- Weakening as it headed west over land, Hanna was a tropical storm by Sunday morning, with its center about 40 miles from Mcallen, Texas and about 65 miles from Monterrey, Mexico, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. At 4AM, Hanna’s top sustained winds were around 60 miles per hour, it said. It was forecast to further lose steam as it moved across Texas and northeastern Mexico. The center cancelled storm surge warning it had issued for the Texas coast but said Hanna could dump upward of 18 inches of rain in the area through Monday. The storm was not expected to affect offshore oil and gas production. Energy companies have not evacuated workers or shut down production from their Gulf of Mexico platforms because of Hanna.

6AM 7/26/20- The threat of tornadoes also loomed overnight into Sunday for parts of the lower to middle Texas coastal plain, forecasters said. A tropical storm warning was still in effect on Sunday morning from Barra el Mezquital, Mexico, to Baffin Bay in Texas. The NHC warned that despite losing strength, with winds dropping to 60 miles per hour, Hanna was still expected to bring heavy rains to parts of Texas and northern Mexico. There are no immediate reports of injuries or widespread damage. 

3AM 7/26/20- Hurricane Hanna made a furious entry into South Texas on Saturday but by early Sunday had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland. But a big concerns for a 32-county area expected to be impacted by the storm were expected continuing heavy rainfall as well as flooding throughout the weekend. Heavy rains were expected to continue in the region throughout the weekend. Forecasters are predicting rainfall of up to 12 inches through Sunday night, with some areas seeing as much as 18 inches. Cameron County near the Mexican border, which includes Brownsville, has already seen about nine inches of rain.

1AM 7/26/20- Coronavirus is top of mind, as state officials are faced with the threat of Hurricane Hanna. Governor Abbott acknowledged there is a stark difference in the state’s efforts, as COVID-19 continues to ravage through certain parts of Texas. A key difference – places like the Freeman Coliseum won’t be used to house people collectively, but strictly to check them in. 17 mobile testing teams will be deployed to focus on these shelters, each team with the capability to run hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day. The Department of State Health Services is working to set up medical shelters for those who may be hurt, but don’t need to be hospitalized. The Texas National Guard will provide 100 medical personnel, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is one of many agencies prepared to help with search and rescue missions.

11PM 7/25/20- Shingles have been blown off homes in Port Mansfield, Texas, by strong winds. Roofs have been taken off of some boat storage facilities, also near Port Mansfield. More than 7 inches of rainfall has come down so far. Several buoys reported wind gusts of 80-100 mph just offshore late Saturday afternoon. A sea level rise of more than 6 feet inundated North Padre Island near Corpus Christi as the eyewall of Hurricane Hanna arrived. A wind gust of 68 mph was recorded at the Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi, Saturday afternoon. A portion of a smaller pier near Corpus Christi was also destroyed by the rough seas. Locally heavy rain will spread well inland in South Texas into parts of northeast Mexico on Sunday. This locally heavy rain could persist into Monday, particularly in northeast Mexico.

10PM 7/25/20- A second shelter is opening in Weslaco. At 8:30 p.m., a shelter will open at First Baptist Church, 600 S. Kansas Ave. More than 62,000 customers in the Rio Grande Valley were without electricity on Saturday night, as Hurricane Hanna battered the region with high winds and heavy rain. AEP Texas reported 49,686 customers without power. The Magic Valley Electric Cooperative reported 12,490 customers without power.

9PM 7/25/20- Hidalgo County officials said the shelter inside the Weslaco High School gym has been moved to another location due to a power outage. Those seeking shelter should instead head to the Palm Aire Hotel at 415 S. International Blvd. in Weslaco. Across South Texas this morning residents were at one of two places – the grocery store or the gas station. Hurricane Hanna has made landfall as of Saturday afternoon and is bringing plenty of rain, so residents will want to make sure they have enough food and water at home.

8PM 7/25/20- Areas near the marina at Flour Bluff and Laguna Shores flooded. Hurricane Hanna made a second landfall at 6:15 p.m. in Kenedy County, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, according to the National Weather Service. AEP Texas requested customers only call the Customer Solutions Center at 866-223-8508 to report downed power lines and safety hazards. 

7PM 7/25/20- Abbot said disaster declarations have been made in 32 counties. The National Weather Service in Brownsville reported “significant structural damage” in nearby Port Mansfield and a gust up to 83 mph. Hanna will likely cross into northern Mexico tomorrow morning and weaken to a depression by later on Sunday.

6PM 7/25/20- LANDFALL: Hurricane Hanna, the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season, made landfall Saturday on Padre Island, Texas, with maximum winds of 90 mph. Category 1 storm continued to strengthen before reaching Padre Island at 5 p.m. Saturday. Hanna’s western eyewall brought hurricane conditions to the coast. Hurricane Hanna is expected to weaken rapidly as it moves inland. 

5PM 7/25/20- A sea level rise of more than 6 feet is inundating North Padre Island near Corpus Christi as the eyewall of Hurricane Hanna arrives. A wind gust of 68 mph was recently recorded at the Bob Hall pier in Corpus Christi. A portion of a smaller pier near Corpus Christi was also destroyed by the rough seas. More than two feet of storm surge near Sargent, Texas has over washed the dunes, creating waves of debris on Sargent Beach. A storm surge of around 2 feet has also been recorded as far north as Galveston Island. Hanna is tracking westward across the Gulf of Mexico toward southern Texas with a slightly slower pace than yesterday.

3PM 7/25/20- The National Weather Service reported Hurricane Hanna has strengthened, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. A maximum sustained wind gust was reported at the Laguna Madre, near San Jose. Hurricane Hanna is the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Hanna is also one of three significant systems churning Saturday morning.  

2:20PM 7/25/20– Governor Greg Abbott will provide an update on the state’s response to Hurricane Hanna. The governor’s briefing is set for 3 p.m., Saturday, at the Alternate State Operations Center in Austin.

2PM 7/25/20- As of 1 p.m., the storm was moving west at 8 mph and producing up to 80 mph sustained winds. It was located about 53 miles off of Baffin Bay. The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi reports the storm will make landfall between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday south of Baffin Bay near Kingsville. The western part of the eye of Hurricane Hanna is expected to arrive at 2 p.m., the weather service reported. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced in a news update that storm surges will be greatest south of Port Aransas, where up to six feet of inundation is possible.

1PM 7/25/20- Due to Hurricane Hanna’s expected landfall on Saturday, the Port Mansfield Police Department is urging residents, tourists and business owners to evacuate the area as soon as possible. The department followed up the post by stating “REMEMBER IF WE CAN’T GET OUT…AN AMBULANCE CAN’T GET IN!” Please take note that this rain may result in life-threatening flash flooding, rapid rises on small streams, and isolated minor to moderate river flooding in south Texas.

12PM 7/25/20- The brunt of Hanna is taking aim on south Texas, from Corpus Christi down to Brownsville, with the outer bands reaching northward with downpours and gusty winds up to the Houston/Galveston area. Flash flood watches remain in effect along much of the Texas coast with heavy rain potentially triggering flash flooding. Some slight additional strengthening is possible over the next few hours before Hanna makes landfall later this afternoon into early evening in south Texas, approximately 3 to 7 p.m. ET. hitting the middle of the state between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. A Corpus Christi spokeswoman said the city has not set up emergency shelters.

11AM 7/25/20- Heavy rains from Hurricane Hanna have hit the Houston area and a tornado watch could be issued later on Saturday as the storm moves through the lower Texas coast, according to the National Weather Service. Hanna is moving toward the west near 7 mph (11 km/h), and this motion should continue through this morning.// COVID-19 TESTING: Harris County Public Health announced it had shuttered all its Houston area COVID-19 testing sites Saturday due to severe weather cause by Hurricane Hanna.

9AM 7/25/20- Hanna has strengthened to a CAT 1 hurricane with winds sustained at 70 mph. Winds are expected to be at least 80 mph upon landfall Saturday afternoon somewhere between Corpus Christi and Port Mansfield. Although Hanna will make landfall safely south of Houston, impacts will be felt far away from the center of the storm. Outer rain bands will move through Southeast Texas throughout the day. When storms rotate through expect heavy downpours and brief gusty winds. There is a Flash Flood Watch for counties south of Harris until 7 a.m. on Sunday morning. 2-4 inches of rain is expected mainly south of I-10. Locally higher amounts could occur in isolated locations. Jackson, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Wharton and Galveston counties could experience isolated pockets of 5-6′’ of rain .

8AM 7/25/20- At 700 a.m. CDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Hanna was located by reconnaissance aircraft and NOAA doppler weather radars near latitude 27.1 north, longitude 96.0 west. Hanna is moving toward the west near 9 mph (15 km), and this motion should continue through this morning. A gradual turn toward the west-southwest is expected by tonight and that motion should continue through Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Hanna should make landfall along the Texas coast within the hurricane warning area this afternoon or early this evening. Data from the reconnaissance aircraft and doppler weather radars indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

5AM 7/25/20- VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS: Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid Is calling for the voluntary evacuation of Ricardo, Rivera, Baffin Bay and Loyola beach. Judge Madrid is also issuing an emergency disaster declaration for the county ahead of Tropical Storm Hanna Hanna. San Patricio County Judge David R. Krebs is also recommending voluntary evacuation for residents in low lying areas that are prone to flooding, as well as for residents who are in motor homes, travel trailers, or other dwells that might not withstand the projected Tropical Storm’s winds. The County Judge also announcing, “all vehicle travel should be limited beginning 6 a.m. Saturday morning until noon on Sunday due to Tropical Storm Force Winds.”

3AM 7/25/20- Hanna is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches through Sunday night in south Texas and into the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and northern Tamaulipas. TRANSPORTATION: Due to Tropical Storm Hanna the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority will be canceling all bus routes Saturday, July 25. // HIGHWAY CLOSURES: The 610 East Loop is shut down this weekend southbound at I-10 East. Also, the I-10 East Freeway ramps to the 610 East Loop going southbound will be blocked. You can detour to the feeder or take the Washburn Tunnel.

12AM 7/25/20- As of 11 PM, an advisory from the National Hurricane Center states that the center of Hanna is about 165 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas. Maximum sustained winds are 65 mph with 75 mph gusts. The storm is moving to the west at 8 mph. There is currently a coastal flood warning for Galveston. The storm is expected to continue to move west and impact South Texas more severely. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Victoria County.

11PM 7/24/20- Tropical Storm Hanna is forecast to be a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph when it makes landfall along the south-central coast of Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. The storm currently has sustained winds of 50 mph that extend 60 miles out from the center as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas. Hanna is expected to generate increased swells that will affect the Texas and Louisiana coasts during the next few days and the swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

10PM 7/24/20- Forecasters have issued a hurricane warning for parts of the Texas coast as Tropical Storm Hanna threatens to bring heavy rain, rough waters and strong winds on Saturday. Hanna was centered about 190 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas, says the U.S. National Hurricane Center. A storm surge warning is in effect for Baffin Bay to Sargent. A tropical storm warning is in effect from the mouth of the Rio Grande River to Baffin Bay and from Mesquite Bay to San Luis Pass. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced various resources to respond to the tropical storm are on standby across the state, including search-and-rescue teams and aircraft. Hanna is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane Saturday afternoon or early evening.

9PM 7/24/20- Hanna’s outer rain bands will continue to blow through Houston and southeast Texas overnight and Saturday. These bands will bring brief heavy rains, gusty winds over 30 mph, and a chance for a brief tornado, especially near the coast. We expect 2-5″ of rain to be common south of I-10. North of I-10 we expect 1-2″ of rain. Wherever the heavy feeder bands first develop, over 6″ of rain is possible, and that could occur anywhere in southeast Texas. Street flooding is most likely, but bayou, creek, and river flooding cannot be ruled out.

At a Glance

  • Tropical Storm Hanna is headed toward a Texas landfall Saturday.
  • The biggest danger is flooding rainfall.
  • Locally heavy rain will spread across South Texas into northeast Mexico.
  • That locally heavy rain will linger well after landfall.
  • Hurricane force winds are expected along the Texas coast.
  • Rough surf and minor coastal flooding are expected along the northern and western Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Hanna continues to intensify and is headed toward a Texas landfall Saturday, with the potential for dangerous rainfall flash flooding extending well inland into northeast Mexico.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Baffin Bay northward to Mesquite Bay, Texas. A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Baffin Bay to Sargent, Texas, including Corpus Christi Bay, Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay and Matagorda Bay.

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