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Hanna drenching South Texas...weakening over northern Mexico

Hanna drenching South Texas...weakening over northern Mexico
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Posted at 11:04 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 08:49:32-04

UPDATE 7/26/20 8 AM

Hanna continues weakening over northern Mexico. South Texas is being soaked with locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding will continue to be a big problem through the day Sunday. Winds have decreased to low to mid-grade tropical storm force range and the winds will continue to decrease through the day. Hanna will likely dissipate by Monday afternoon over northern Mexico.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/25/20 10 PM

Since making landfall this afternoon, Hurricane Hanna has been moving inland over southern Texas and has weakened. Storm surge and hurricane warnings remain in place along the Texas coastline. Now that Hanna is more inland, the storm should fall below hurricane strength in the next few hours. It's expected to weaken to a tropical depression by late Sunday and eventually dissipate over the rugged terrain of Mexico by Monday.

FORECASTER LAUREN PETRELLI

UPDATE 7/25/20 6 PM

Hurricane Hanna makes landfall on Padre Island TX at 6 PM Eastern with winds of 90 mph. Storm surge and flooding threat will increase this evening across South Texas with hurricane conditions occurring now across coastal far South Texas.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/25/20 5 PM

Hurricane Hanna is close to making landfall in South Texas near Port Mansfield, just south of Corpus Christi. Max winds are at 90 mph. Storm surge up to 5 feet is expected on the north side of the storm and rain up to 12" is possible in some areas. Flooding will be likely as well as wind damage across inland South Texas through tonight. The storm will move into Mexico Sunday spreading heavy rain and flooding across the region before dissipating by early next week over the higher terrain of northern Mexico.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/25/20 11 AM

Hurricane Hanna now has winds of 80 mph as it inches closer to the Texas coast. Further strengthening is possible before landfall which is expected later today south of Corpus Christi. Damaging sustained winds to hurricane force especially near the center, at least tropical storm-force winds are expected 100 miles either side of Corpus Christi, storm surge to the right of the center as it makes landfall, tornadoes in outer bands and flooding rainfall can be expected.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/25/20 8 AM

Hanna has become the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season as it approaches the Texas coastline. Satellite shows maximum sustained winds coming in around 75 mph as it continues to move westward. The storm is expected to make landfall no later than Saturday evening. After landfall, the storm is expected to dissipate over the mountainous terrain of Mexico.

FORECASTER LAUREN PETRELLI

UPDATE 7/24/20 5 PM

Hurricane Warning is now in effect for parts of the Texas coast in anticipation of the arrival of Hanna. The storm is looking more impressive on satellite this afternoon with winds still at 50 mph. The latest forecast track remains in place taking it to the Texas coast by Saturday afternoon as a strong tropical storm with the low-end chance that it could strengthen into a Cat 1 hurricane.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/24/20 2 PM

Winds are now up to 50 mph and strengthening is expected to continue through landfall on Saturday. The storm is positioned about 230 mi E of Corpus Christi and its moving WNW at 9 mph. This gives it about another day over water before making landfall. Plenty of time for further strengthening but there is some upper-level shear that is impacting the storm that could temper any rapid intensification.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/24/20 11 AM

Tropical Storm Hanna has strengthened a little this morning with winds around 45 mph. More strengthening is expected before making landfall Saturday in South Texas. The storm will move inland then dissipate across northern Mexico. Heavy rain and flooding will be the biggest threat with this system as it moves across south Texas this weekend.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/24/20 5 AM

Tropical Storm Hanna is forecast to strengthen today and tonight. The center of Tropical Storm Hanna was located near latitude 26.7 North, longitude 92.4 West. Hanna is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph and a turn toward the west is expected tonight, followed by a generally westward motion through the weekend. The storm center should make landfall along the Texas coast on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with gusts of 60 mph. This morning tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles and the estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb. Strengthening is expected until the system makes landfall and currently the forecast has a strong tropical storms with winds of 65mph at landfall. Once inland the storm will quickly weaken.

Hanna is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of 12 inches through Sunday night in south Texas. This rain may result in life-threatening flash flooding, rapid rises on small streams, and isolated minor to moderate river flooding in south Texas. 3 to 5 inches of rain is expected along the upper Texas and Louisiana coasts, and inland to the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and northern Tamaulipas.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

UPDATE 7/23/20 11 PM

After much thought from the Hurricane Hunters it appears that we have a new tropical storm in the Gulf. Tropical Storm Hanna becomes the 8th named storm of the season with winds around 40 mph. Strengthening is expected to continue as it heads west toward the Texas coast with a landfall this weekend expected near Corpus Christi.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/23/20 5 PM

Tropical Depression 8 continues west. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for parts of the Coastal Bend of Texas around Corpus Christi. The storm will make landfall in Texas by Saturday as a moderate tropical storm with winds around 60 mph. The storm will be primarily a flooding threat, with rain totals exceeding 6" possible.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/23/20 11 AM

Tropical Depression #8 continues westward toward the Texas coast. It is expected to make landfall on Saturday near Corpus Christi then move inland across south Texas. The storm will be primarily a heavy rain producer, with 4-8" of rain expected for parts of the Texas coast.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 7/23/20 5 AM

Tropical Depression #8 is located over the central Gulf of Mexico and is moving WNW at 9mph toward Texas. It is forecast to become Tropical Storm Hanna tomorrow with winds up to 45mph as it approaches the Texas coastline. The system is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches through Monday along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Lower Texas Coast, and inland through south-central Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. These rains may result in flash flooding across the west-central Gulf Coast into portions of south Texas.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

FIRST UPDATE 7/22/20 11 PM

Tropical Depression #8 has formed in the Gulf and is headed west toward Texas. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from High Island TX to Port Mansfield. Strengthening is expected and could become a tropical storm as early as Friday before making landfall on the Texas coast by this weekend. Locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds, flooding, small storm surge, and a threat for tornadoes can be expected for the Coastal Bend and the upper Texas coast this weekend.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

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