Unfortunately, the climate does not care about the coronavirus and does not discriminate between states that have been decimated by the pandemic and those that have performed better. Hurricane Hanna, the first of Atlantic season, is heading to Texas, which has reported more than 369,000 covid-19 cases and an average of more than 8,900 cases per day this week, and it is expected to make landfall in the southern part of the state later today.
the National Hurricane Center On Saturday he said hurricane conditions are expected along the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Mesquite Bay. A hurricane warning was issued for the area, and tropical storm conditions were expected to hit the shoreline this morning. From 11 am ET this morningHanna was about 80 miles from Texas moving west at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
Downtown Hanna, a Category 1 hurricane, expected to make landfall within the hurricane warning area in the late afternoon or evening, according to the NHC.
Authorities anticipate that the hurricane will produce heavy rains in parts of southern Texas and northeast Mexico. In terms of rain, the NHC said Hanna is expected to produce between 6 6 up to 12 inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of 18 inches through Sunday night in southern Texas and the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and northern Tamaulipas.
The NHC warns that these rains could result in “life-threatening flash floods and isolated flooding of minor to moderate rivers.”
However, South Texas will not be the only affected area. Approximately 3 to 5 Inches of rain are expected along the upper coasts of Texas and Louisiana as well.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide in South Texas is also cause for concern, as it will cause normally dry areas near the shoreline to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline, according to NHC.
The agency He added that if the peak spike occurs at high tide, the water could reach heights between 3 to 5 feet in the Baffin Bay to Mesquite Bay area, including Corpus Christi Bay, Copano Bay, and Aransas Bay; two for 4 feet in Port Mansfield to Baffin Bay; two for 4 feet in Mesquite yesyes Sargent, including San Antonio Bay and Matagorda Bay; 1 to 3 feet at the mouth of the Rio Grande to Port Mansfield; and 1 to 2 feet north of Sargent to High Island, including Galveston Bay.
The NHC also said that some tornadoes were possible today and overnight as a result of Hanna over parts of the coastal plain from low to middle Texas.
A NHC update issued at 3 pm ET reported that Doppler and aircraft radars from the Hurricane Hunter Air Force Reserve had discovered that Hanna had strengthened. The update noted that the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network observation station in Laguna Madre, Texas reported a sustained wind of 63 mph and a gust of 79 mph.
According to the New York TimesHanna is slated to reach several counties that have seen an increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. In Nueces County, which includes Corpus Christi, for example, cases have increased from approximately 2,300 in early July to 9,900 on Friday. The times reports that the increase in cases has been driven in part by out-of-town visitors who rushed to Corpus Christi, a beach town, due to its low coronavirus case count.
Hanna is not the only hurricane that weather experts are watching this weekend. They are also seeing Hurricane Douglas, which is moving toward Hawaii. In its latest advisory, the NHC said Douglas could pass dangerously close to, or close to, the main Hawaiian Islands from Saturday night to Sunday night.
NHC set that Douglas’ nearby pass brings a “triple threat” of dangers, including damaging winds, floods, and dangerously high waves. He urged the public not to focus on the exact trajectory or intensity of Douglas’s forecast and to remain prepared for changes in the forecast.
“Due to Douglas’ angle of approach to the islands, any small change in route could lead to significant differences in where the worst weather occurs,” NHC said. “Even if the center remains offshore, there could still be serious impacts on the islands as they extend far away from the center.”