Hurricane Hanna: Coronavirus-hit Texas faces new threat of catastrophic flooding in ‘double whammy’

Adrian Ovalle

Forecasters are forecasting “catastrophic flooding” in southern Texas after Hurricane Hanna made landfall two times, bringing heavy rain and end up to 90 miles per hour.

It came ashore on Saturday as a classification one storm (the most affordable of the 5 levels) and has actually now been reduced to a hurricane – however there might still be 15-30 cm (6-12in) of rain on Sunday with 60 miles per hour winds.

Some locations have actually currently reported getting up to 23 cm (9in) of rains, consisting of Cameron County, which surrounds Mexico.

Hanna was the opening hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic cyclone season, and meteorologist Chris Birchfield cautioned homeowners to remain alert, stating: “We’re not even close to over at this point. We’re still expecting catastrophic flooding.”

Texas has actually currently been handling a rise in coronavirus cases in current weeks

Guv Greg Abbott has actually released a catastrophe statement for 32 counties in the storm’s course, consisting of Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston and Brazoria.

He stated: “Any hurricane is a huge obstacle. This obstacle is made complex and made more extreme, seeing that it’s sweeping through a location that is the most challenged location in the state for COVID-19

The first landfall occurred at 5pm on Saturday, 15 miles north of Port Mansfield, which has to do with 130 miles south of Corpus Christi.

The second took location close by in eastern Kenedy County.

A storm rise swelled in Corpus Christi Bay as Hanna approached

More than 43,700 people in South Texas, consisting of Corpus Christi, Harlingen and Brownsville, lacked power on Saturday night. If streets flood,

Emergency situation services in Corpus Christi have actually positioned barriers near crossways so they are prepared to utilize.

In a tweet, President Donald Trump stated his administration was keeping track of Hanna, in addition to Hurricane Douglas, which was heading towards Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.

My Administration is carefully keeping track of Hurricane Douglas off Hawaii & &(*************************************************************** )Hanna, which has actually now made landfall inTexas We continue to collaborate carefully with both states– listen to your emergency situation management authorities @Hawaii_EMA & &(** )to safeguard your family & & property!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)July 25, 2020

Local Sherry Boehme, who lives along a beach in Corpus Christi, stated the approaching storm had actually increased the stress and anxiety she felt throughout the pandemic

The 67- year-old has actually mainly remained at home due to the fact that of health problems associated with persistent lung illness.

She stated: “It’s nearly like a double whammy to us. I believe it’s made a lot of people worried.

” We’ll survive it. Everyone is strong and excellent and sticks.”

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