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1st 2020 hurricane: Hanna makes landfall on Padre Island, Texas


1st 2020 hurricane: Hanna makes landfall on Padre Island, Texas

Hurricane Hanna, the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, strengthened Saturday evening before making landfall at 6 p.m. EDT on Padre Island, pummeling the southeast Texas coast with 90 mph winds.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the National Hurricane Center reported the system was moving west-southwest at 8 mph and a west-southwest motion is expected to continue through Sunday.

The storm was about 70 miles south of Corpus Christi.

The center of Hanna will now move inland over south Texas tonight and move into northeastern Mexico on Sunday. Rapid weakening is expected after Hanna moves inland.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 973 mb.

Forecasters increased the expected rainfall totals in its update, saying that Hanna could bring 6 to 12 inches of rain and coastal swells that “are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the advisory stated.

A hurricane warning was in effect for Port Mansfield, Texas, to Port Aransas, Texas.

Hanna broke the record as the earliest eighth Atlantic named storm, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The previous record was Harvey on Aug. 3, 2005, Klotzbach tweeted.

Far out in the Atlantic, the next system could become Isaias by Monday.

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