Hanna heads to Texas as season’s first hurricane

Tropical Storm Hanna was upgraded today, July 25, becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.

Dark clouds are seen over the ocean at J.P. Luby Park ahead of Tropical Storm Hanna, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
(Photo: Annie Rice/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Hanna is moving towards Texas, which is already combatting the COVID-19 virus, with heavy rains, storm surge and possible tornadoes.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Hanna will make landfall later this afternoon into this evening.

The storm system had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and was centered about 100 miles (160 kilometres) east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas and was moving west at 9 mph (15 kph).

Tropical Storm Hanna formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, hours after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced various resources to respond to severe weather are on standby across the state. (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

As Texans prepare for the impact of the storm, they also have to contend with increasing numbers of coronavirus cases. Cameron County, in the south of the state, has averaged roughly 300 daily cases for the past two weeks.

Hanna could bring six to 12 inches of rain through Sunday night, with up to 18 inches in some isolated areas.

The hurricane season, which officially began on June 1, has been a record-breaking one, with two named storms materialising before the start.