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Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in Texas, first hurricane of 2020 season

Michelle Marchante, Devoun Cetoute and Howard Cohen, Miami Herald on

Published in Weather News

Tropical Storm Hanna is no more. She has graduated to Hurricane Hanna and is vamping her way toward the Texas coast Saturday morning. As of 8 p.m., the eye of Hurricane Hanna made its way over southern Texas as hurricane conditions continue, forecasters say.

Hanna is moving west-southwest at 8 mph and is about 10 miles east-northeast from Port Mansfield, Texas, and 75 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 p.m. advisory Saturday. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph with higher gusts.

Hanna made landfall on Padre Island, Texas, at 6 p.m. and the eye of the storm reached the mainland two hours later, forecasters say.

The storm's hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from its center, with tropical storm-force winds reaching outward to 90 miles, according to the hurricane center.

The forecast shows a gradual turn toward the west-southwest is expected by Saturday night and should continue through Sunday, according to the hurricane center.

Hanna is expected to weaken rapidly as it moves inland and should turn back into a depression by Sunday or Monday as it moves into Mexico.

 

--A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Texas-Mexico coast from Barra el Mezquital, Mexico, to Port Mansfield, Texas. Another warning was issued from Port Aransas to Port O'Connor, Texas.

--A hurricane warning is in effect in Texas from Port Mansfield to Port Aransas.

--A storm surge warning is in effect in Texas from Port Mansfield to Sargent.

"Interests along the Texas and Louisiana coast should monitor the progress of this system," forecasters wrote.

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