Hurricane Hanna’s winds have lashed the south Texas coast, knocking out power to thousands before it was downgraded to a tropical storm that still threatened flash flooding in the area already badly hit by Covid-19 infections.
“7 AM Radar update – Showers with heavy rain were developing from Victoria extending SE into the Gulf of Mexico, moving NW. Expect this trend to continue through mid morning,” the National Weather Service Corpus Christi office said on Twitter.
Hanna still posed a threat, the hurricane centre said, noting it could dump upward of 45 cm of rain in the area through Monday.
“This rain will produce, life-threatening flash flooding, rapid rises on small streams, and isolated minor to moderate river flooding,” the NHC said.
Hanna came ashore on Padre Island on Saturday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, and later made a second landfall in Kenedy County, Texas on Sunday.
More than 283,104 homes and businesses were without electricity by mid-morning, according to poweroutage.us.
Hanna came nearly three years after Hurricane Harvey blew ashore northeast of Corpus Christi.
Hanna was not expected to be as destructive as Harvey, which killed 68 people and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.