Hurricane updates: Hanna makes landfall in Texas; Douglas prompts hurricane warning for Oahu

Hanna, the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, came ashore Saturday afternoon in south Texas as a Category 1 storm, packing 90 mph winds and threats of dangerous storm surge.

The hurricane made landfall twice, the first on Padre Island at 5 p.M. CDT, and again at around 6:15 p.M. In eastern Kenedy County, near Port Mansfield with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

In the Pacific, meanwhile, Hurricane Douglas barreled toward Hawaii and was expected to reach the islands Sunday and Monday.

Hanna morphed from a tropical storm into a hurricane on Saturday morning. It is expected to weaken quickly as it moves inland, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 10 p.M. CDT Saturday, the storm had weakened, with sustained winds of 75 mph as it continued to move inland at 9 mph, the NHC said. Hanna was expected to move into northeastern Mexico on Sunday.

A hurricane warning remained in effect from Port Mansfield to Baffin Bay, Texas. A storm surge warning was in effect from Port Mansfield to Port OConnor.

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Local officials already battling the growing coronavirus threat in the state say they are prepared for whatever the storm may deliver.

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“And don’t feel like since we’ve been fighting COVID for five months, that we’re out of energy or we’re out of gas. We’re not,” Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb said Friday. “We can do these two things together and we’re going to win both of them.”.

The storm has knocked out power to tens of thousands customers in counties along the coastline, according to poweroutage.Us.

Hanna is expected to produce 6-12 inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of 18 inches through Sunday night in south Texas, the National Hurricane Center said.

“This rain may result in life-threatening flash flooding, rapid rises on small streams, and isolated minor to moderate river flooding,” the NHC warned.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that the state “will coordinate with local officials to provide assistance and resources to communities in the area.” He urged those in the path “to heed the warnings and guidance from local officials.”.

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is monitoring Hanna as well as Hurricane Douglas.

“My Administration is closely monitoring Hurricane Douglas off Hawaii & Hurricane Hanna, which has now made landfall in Texas,” Trump said in a tweet. “We continue to coordinate closely with both states – listen to your emergency management officials to protect your family and property!”.

Hanna broke the record as the earliest eighth Atlantic named storm. The previous record was Harvey on Aug. 3, 2005, Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach tweeted.

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Hawaii braces for Hurricane Douglas

Though still hundreds of miles from Hawaii, the state was bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Douglas, which was expected to move across the island chain on Sunday and Monday. Late Saturday morning local time, a hurricane warning was issued for Oahu.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige issued a state of emergency as the storm approached.

As early Saturday afternoon local time, Hurricane Douglas was about 280 miles east of Hilo on Hawaii’s east coast and 475 miles from Honolulu, according to the NHC. Its maximum sustained winds reached 90 mph.

Local authorities in Hawaii were urging most people to shelter at home if they can. John Cummings, the public information officer for Honolulu Emergency Management, said that going to a city-run shelter should be a last resort.

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Tropical Storm Gonzalo loses bid as Atlantic’s first hurricane of the season

Tropical Storm Gonzalo weakened as it moved toward the Windward Islands of the Caribbean on Saturday, losing prospects of becoming the Atlantic’s first hurricane of the season, the hurricane center said.

As of 1 p.M. CDT Saturday, Gonzalo was about 50 miles northwest of Trinidad, packing sustained winds of 35 mph as the storm moved to the west at 25 mph.

The system is expected to dissipate by Sunday night or Monday after moving over the southeastern Caribbean Sea, according to the center.

Gonzalo is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches in Barbados and the Windward Islands through Sunday night, the NHC said.

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Contributing: The Associated Press.

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