2020′s 1st Atlantic hurricane lashes Texas; floods expected

2020′s 1st Atlantic hurricane lashes Texas; floods expected
Tropical Storm Hanna came to life late Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico. (NASA/NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Hurricane Hanna has roared ashore onto the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 1 storm, bringing winds, rain and storm surge to a part of the country trying to cope with a spike in coronavirus cases.

The National Hurricane Center says the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall twice Saturday afternoon within the span of a little over an hour.

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Meteorologists say the biggest concern from Hanna is expected to be flooding from heavy rainfall. Up to a foot of rain and storm surge up to 5 feet is forecast for some areas.

Forecasters are also warning of possible tornadoes for parts of the lower to middle Texas coastal plain.

Many parts of Texas, including areas near where Hanna came ashore, have been dealing with a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

Local officials say they were prepared for whatever the storm might bring.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is still on track to move across the southern Windward Islands later Saturday. Gonzalo is forecast to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain, with isolated totals of 5 inches.

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