Hurricane Douglas threatens Hawaii after Hanna lashes Texas

Hurricane Hanna batters coronavirus-hit Texas

Hurricane Hanna lashes south Texas coast, already beset by Covid

South Texas braced for flooding on July 26 after Hurricane Hanna roared ashore the day before, bringing winds that lashed the Gulf Coast with rain and storm surge to a part of the country trying to cope with a spike in cases of the coronavirus.

The coast between Corpus Christi and Brownsville has struggled to contain outbreaks of Covid-19 in recent weeks.

Allen Heath surveys the damage to a private marina in Corpus Christi after it was hit by Hanna, the hurricane that was later downgraded to a tropical storm, on Sunday.

It is rare for severe storms to make landfall in Hawaii, which has been hit by hurricanes just twice in its modern history - Dot in 1959 and Iniki in 1992. It's the first hurricane of the season in the Atlantic and had sustained winds of 145km/h, making it a high-end Category 1 hurricane.

The Texas Tribune reported Monday that thousands in the state remained without power as a result of Hanna. "The disturbance is large and heavy rain and gusty winds extend far from the center", the NHC said.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Storm Hanna will produce 6 to 12 inches of rainfall, with up to isolated 18 inches of rain possible.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that his administration was closely monitoring Hanna, as well as Hurricane Douglas, which is approaching Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.

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With winds up to 85mph (137km/h), the storm has been tearing roofs off homes. She chose a ridge where there was some flat ground and where she felt she wouldn't get hurt.

A hurricane warning is now in force stretching from Port Mansfield to Mesquite Bay.

Residents survey their destroyed camper trailer in the aftermath of Hurricane Hanna in Port Mansfield, Texas July 26, 2020.

'Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for development and a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form within the next two or three days as the system nears the Lesser Antilles'.

Mann, an atmospheric science professor at Penn State who directs the university's Earth System Science Center (ESSC), and other experts have warned that human-driven global heating that's warming the world's oceans is already causing and will continue to cause more intense and devastating tropical storms and hurricanes. Tropical storm watch is in effect for Tobago and Grenada and its dependencies.

However, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) anticipates that this area of disturbed weather will become Tropical Storm Isaias before reaching Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands on Wednesday through Thursday.

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