Hurricane Hanna made landfall in south Texas, US officials warning of a life-threatening storm surge, high winds and heavy rain.
Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties, saying the coronavirus outbreak would make it harder for emergency services to work.
Hanna made landfall on Padre Island on Saturday, and is now hitting the area between Corpus Christi and Brownsville.
With winds reaching 145 km / h (90 mph), the storm ripped through the roofs of houses.
Hanna is currently a Category 1 hurricane, the lowest level on the Saffir-Simpson five-stage scale.
“Any hurricane is a huge challenge,” Governor Abbott said on Saturday. “This challenge is complicated and made even more serious, as it sweeps over an area which is the most difficult area of the state for Covid-19. ”
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned that a “potentially fatal storm surge will continue along portions of the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Sargent.”
He urged local residents to follow the advice given by emergency services.
The storm is expected to primarily bypass the Houston area, reports the Houston Chronicle.
Separately, Hurricane Douglas – with maximum winds of up to 90 mph – was approaching Hawaii in the Pacific, the NHC said, warning of damaging winds, flooding rains and dangerously high waves.
US President Donald Trump tweeted that his administration is closely monitoring storms. “We continue to coordinate closely with the two states,” he said.
Hanna hits Texas as the southern state struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
More than 380,000 cases of infection have been confirmed to date, with nearly 5,000 deaths.