Hurricane warning issued as storm churns toward Texas
MIAMI (AP) - A hurricane warning was issued Friday afternoon from Baffin Bay north to Mesquite Bay as Tropical Storm Hanna picked up steam in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hanna was getting better organized as it churned toward the Texas coast, forecasters, said.
Friday afternoon Hanna had sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving west at 10 mph.
A storm surge warning was in effect from Baffin Bay to Sargent and a tropical storm warning was in effect from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Baffin Bay and from Mesquite Bay to San Luis Pass.
Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb says while officials have been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for the last five months, they can also handle any impacts from Hanna.
Corpus Christi is in Nueces County, one of several coronavirus hot spots in Texas.
As much as 12 inches of rain could fall in parts of South Texas due to Hanna.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says various resources are on standby across the state as the storm approaches including search-and-rescue teams from Texas A&M Task Force 1, a statewide urban search and rescue group; boat teams from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; and search-and-rescue aircraft from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The storm is expected to turn to the west as it hits the coast, but Central Texas could see scattered showers over the weekend.
Meanwhile Tropical Storm Gonzalo also is approaching land, moving closer to the southern Windward Islands.
It has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
Some strengthening is possible, but Gonzalo is expected to weaken as it moves into the Caribbean Sea.
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