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Tropical Storm Hanna brings rain, flooding, damage as it pushes through southern Texas

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Tropical Storm Hanna weakened overnight after making landfall Saturday evening as a Category 1 Hurricane, but continued its march through southern Texas and into Mexico, leaving rain, flooding and reports of damage in its wake.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 7 a.m. CDT advisory that Hanna's eye was located along the Texas-Mexico border, 55 miles west of McAllen, Texas. The storm was moving west-southwest at nine miles per hour. That trajectory is expected to continue into Monday. Maximum sustained winds of around 50 miles per hour were being reported, with stronger gusts occasionally lashing the region.

"Rapid weakening is expected as the center of Hanna moves farther inland, and the cyclone is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later today and dissipate Monday or Monday night," the National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning.

Hanna has pelted the area with widespread flooding and damage and even though the eye has moved further inland, more rain and wind is expected to trail the storm.

The NHC said Hanna was expected to produce total rain accumulations of between 6 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches through Monday.

Liz Sommerville, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service, said there is a chance for severe thunderstorms all day Sunday with a chance for strong winds, heavy rain and low-line, coastal flooding in the region.

"Tropical Storm Hanna is starting to push west but we are still in a lot of the rain, stronger winds in the southern areas of Nueces, Jim Wells and Duval and a good chance for flash flooding," Sommerville said.

Coastal flooding will be especially evident in the northern and southern parts of Port Aransas on Sunday, Sommerville said. Flooding could reach up to 2 to 3 feet.

A tornado watch is in effect in Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Falfurrias, Laredo, Zapata, McAllen and Brownsville until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Windy conditions are expected to reach gusts of up to 40 mph from Corpus Christi to Laredo until 1 p.m. Sunday. Kingsville, Alice and Freer can also expect windy weather.

American Electric Power Texas reported that as of 6 a.m. local time, 194,400 customers in the Corpus Christi, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley regions were without power, down from a peak of 197,630.

Hanna made landfall at 5 p.m. Saturday at Padre Island with sustained winds of 90 mph. As of 1 a.m. CDT Sunday, Hanna had weakened into a Tropical Storm.

Contributing: Meagan Falcon, Corpus Christi Caller Times


Tropical Storm Hanna weakened overnight after making landfall Saturday evening as a Category 1 Hurricane, but continued its march through southern Texas and into Mexico, leaving rain, flooding and reports of damage in its wake.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 7 a.m. CDT advisory that Hanna’s eye was located along the Texas-Mexico border, 55 miles west of McAllen, Texas. The storm was moving west-southwest at nine miles per hour. That trajectory is expected to continue into Monday. Maximum sustained winds of around 50 miles per hour were being reported, with stronger gusts occasionally lashing the region.

«Rapid weakening is expected as the center of Hanna moves farther inland, and the cyclone is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later today and dissipate Monday or Monday night,» the National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning.

Hanna has pelted the area with widespread flooding and damage and even though the eye has moved further inland, more rain and wind is expected to trail the storm.

The NHC said Hanna was expected to produce total rain accumulations of between 6 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches through Monday.

Liz Sommerville, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service, said there is a chance for severe thunderstorms all day Sunday with a chance for strong winds, heavy rain and low-line, coastal flooding in the region.

«Tropical Storm Hanna is starting to push west but we are still in a lot of the rain, stronger winds in the southern areas of Nueces, Jim Wells and Duval and a good chance for flash flooding,» Sommerville said.

Coastal flooding will be especially evident in the northern and southern parts of Port Aransas on Sunday, Sommerville said. Flooding could reach up to 2 to 3 feet.

A tornado watch is in effect in Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Falfurrias, Laredo, Zapata, McAllen and Brownsville until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Windy conditions are expected to reach gusts of up to 40 mph from Corpus Christi to Laredo until 1 p.m. Sunday. Kingsville, Alice and Freer can also expect windy weather.

American Electric Power Texas reported that as of 6 a.m. local time, 194,400 customers in the Corpus Christi, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley regions were without power, down from a peak of 197,630.

Hanna made landfall at 5 p.m. Saturday at Padre Island with sustained winds of 90 mph. As of 1 a.m. CDT Sunday, Hanna had weakened into a Tropical Storm.

Contributing: Meagan Falcon, Corpus Christi Caller Times