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Hurricane Hanna was expected to make landfall early Saturday, with expected power outages and flooding in the region.
The storm on Friday was producing 40 mph winds and expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain with isolated totals of 12 inches through Sunday evening in South Texas.
Swells generated by Hanna were expected to increase and affect much of the Texas and Louisiana coasts during the next few days. These swells were likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning and storm surge warning at 4 p.m. Friday for the Coastal Bend area. The warning states dangerous and damaging winds and life-threatening flooding are possible for the region. It expires at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
A flash flood watch was also issued for parts of several South Texas communities, including Nueces, Bee, Jim Wells, Refugio and San Patricio counties.
It expires Sunday night.
A Hurricane Warning also has been issued from Baffin Bay northward to Mesquite Bay, Texas.
A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Baffin Bay to Sargent, Texas, including Corpus Christi Bay, Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay and Matagorda Bay.
- Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management ‘pre-positioned’ resources ahead of Tropical Storm Hanna’s landfall. The resources include Texas A&M Forest Service providing saw crews and incident management teams; Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service providing Texas A&M Task Force One and Two Search and Rescue Teams; Texas Parks and and Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol providing search and rescue aircraft.
- San Patricio County Judge David R. Krebs recommended voluntary evacuation for those in low-lying areas prone to flooding and those in motor-homes, travel trailers, or other homes that might not withstand the projected winds. All vehicle travel should be limited beginning 6 a.m. Saturday morning until noon Sunday.
- Kleberg County announced around 5 p.m. Friday its beaches would be closed to the public until Sunday, July 26 as Tropical Storm Hanna prepares to make landfall.
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi issued a ‘Code Blue’ and will suspend all operations on Thursday to allow for storm preparations. The university will re-open for regular business at 8 a.m. on Monday.
- The Texas State Aquarium will close Saturday due to weather conditions. The Aquarium plans to reopen 10 a.m. on Sunday.
- Del Mar College is currently maintaining Return-to-Campus Phase 2 conditions, meaning campuses are closed to the public with limited access for designated employees and students. Online classes and other coursework will continue as scheduled Monday.
- South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will be closed all-day Saturday due to Tropical Storm Hanna. The outdoor museum will reopen at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 26.
- All Nueces County and Corpus Christi beaches, the Packery Channel parking lot, the Windward parking lot, McGee Beach and North Beach will close to everyone starting noon Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. The tropical storm is projected to cause higher than normal tides along local beaches and are expected to increase rip current risks, with conditions possibly worsening rapidly with little warning.
- Kleberg County beaches were closed down Friday and will reopen on Sunday, July 26 at 11 p.m.
- Padre Island National Seashore will temporarily close at 8 p.m. Friday in response to the predicted landfall of Tropical Storm Hanna. The park will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, July 27.
- All CCRTA transportation services are cancelled for Saturday, July 25.
- Counties like Kleberg are distributing sandbags ahead of anticipated flooding. It is recommended citizens stay off the roads and at home during periods of heavy rainfall.
- Under the direction of San Patricio Emergency Coordinator Sara Williams, it is recommended that all county residents limit travel beginning late Friday afternoon.
- According to the U.S. National Weather Service, main threats include heavy rainfall with up to 12 inches in some locations, winds gusting to hurricane force and minor coastal flooding. Isolated tornadoes are possible Saturday across the Coastal Bend.
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