(Houston) Hurricane Hanna reached Texas (southern United States) on Saturday evening, and was sweeping its coasts as a Category 1 storm with winds going up to 82 kilometers per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.
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The first Atlantic hurricane of 2020 reached Padre Island at 17 h. It should head to southern Texas on Saturday night and then to northeast Mexico on Sunday.
“ Hanna is expected to produce heavy rain in parts of southern Texas and northeastern Mexico. These rains will cause flash floods which are life threatening, “and could cause rivers to rise from their beds, meteorologists said.
Hanna was about a hundred miles from Corpus Christi, Texas when he hit the land. The city of 325 00 0 residents, which is one of the main sources of infection in the coronavirus outbreak in Texas, had closed libraries and museums as residents were preparing for the storm, local media reported.
The coasts will continue to be battered by the storm, with waves of up to 1.8 meters, added the meteorologists.
Hanna could dump 45 centimeters of rain by Monday over southern Texas and the Mexican states of Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, as well as northern Tamaulipas.
The United States is the most affected country in the world by the coronavirus with some 4.2 million reported cases and the authorities will have to find a way to prevent contagion between people forced to leave their homes because of the hurricanes expected this season.
Two other low pressure systems were active on Saturday, Hurricane Douglas, heading towards the Hawaiian archipelago in the Pacific, and Tropical Storm Gonzalo near the Windward Islands in the Atlantic.
Douglas, a weather classified category 4 hurricane, became a category 1 storm with winds reaching 82 km / h. A hurricane advisory has been issued on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
The Venezuelan government, for its part, has warned of heavy rains and strong winds as it approaches Gonzalo in the Caribbean. High waves hit the eastern coast of the country and power was cut in some areas on Saturday, Venezuelan media reported.