Sadly, the weather forecast doesn’t care about the coronavirus and doesn’t distinguish between states decimated by the pandemic and those that have resisted better. Hurricane Hanna, the first of Atlantic season, heads to Texas – which has reported more than 369,000 cases of covid-19 and an average of more than 8,900 cases per day this week – and is expected to make landfall later today in the southern part of the state.
the National Hurricane Center Saturday, said hurricane conditions are expected along the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Mesquite Bay. A hurricane warning has been issued for the region, and tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the coast this morning. From the 11 h HE ce matin, Hanna was about 80 miles from Texas heading west at 7 a.m. mph with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
The center of Hanna, a category 1 hurricane, should to make landfall in the hurricane warning zone in the late afternoon or early evening, according to the NHC.
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Officials predict that the hurricane will produce heavy rain in parts of southern Texas and northeastern Mexico. In terms of precipitation, the NHC said Hanna is expected to produce between 6 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 the north. from Tamaulipas.
The NHC warns that the rains could result in “life-threatening flash floods and isolated minor to moderate river floods.”
South Texas will not be the only area affected, however. About 3 to 5 inches of rain are also expected along the upper coasts of Texas and Louisiana.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide in South Texas is also of concern, as it will cause flooding of normally dry areas near the coast by rising waters moving inland to from the shore, according to the NHC.
The agency added that if the peak peak occurs during high tide, the water could reach heights of between 3 to 5 feet in the area from Baffin Bay to Mesquite Bay, including the bay. from Corpus Christi, Copano Bay and Aransas Bay; 2 to 4 feet from Port Mansfield to Baffin Bay; 2 to 4 feet to Mesquite Bay in Sargent, including San Antonio Bay and Matagorda Bay; 1 to 3 feet in the mouth of the Rio Grande at Port Mansfield; and 1 to 2 feet north of Sargent to High Island, including Galveston Bay.
The NHC also said a few tornadoes are possible today and overnight due to Hanna over parts of the lower-to-mid-sized Texas coastal plain.
A NHC Update issued at 3 pm ET reported that the Hurricane Hunter Air Force reserve plane and Doppler radars found that Hanna had gotten stronger. The update pointed out that the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network’s observation station in Laguna Madre, TX reported a sustained wind of 63 mph and a gust of 79 mph.
According to New York Times, Hanna is expected to hit several counties that have seen an increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. In Nueces County, which includes Corpus Christi, for example, cases have dropped from about 2,300 in early July to 9,900 on Friday. The temperature reports that the increase in cases was in part fueled by out-of-town visitors who ran to Corpus Christi, a beach town, due to its low number of coronavirus cases.
Hanna is not only there hurricane that weather experts are monitoring this weekend. They are also watching Hurricane Douglas, which is heading towards Hawaii. In its latest advisory, the NHC said Douglas could potentially pass dangerously near or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Saturday night through Sunday night.
Le NHC declared that the close Douglas passage brings a “triple threat” of dangers, including destructive winds, flooding rains and dangerously high waves. He urged the public not to focus on the exact trajectory or intensity of the Douglas forecast and to prepare for changes in the forecast.
“Due to Douglas’ angle of approach to the islands, any small change in lane could result in significant differences in where the worst weather conditions occur,” NHC said. “Even if the center remains offshore, serious impacts could still occur on the islands, as they extend far from the center.”