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Hurricane Hanna is expected to make landfall mid-day Saturday, with expected power outages and flooding in the region.
The storm Saturday morning was moving west at 90 mph and producing 35 mph winds. It is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain with isolated totals of 15 inches through Sunday evening in South Texas.
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.
Both warnings are in effect all-day Saturday.
Penny Harness, a senior forecaster at the weather service, said the Category 1 hurricane is about 100 miles east southeast of Corpus Christi as of 7:20 a.m. Saturday.
Harness said the hurricane is expected to make landfall between noon to 6 p.m. south of Corpus Christi.
“There is potential for the storm to move around but right now we are expecting it to make landfall further south of the city,” Harness said.
The Corpus Christi-area is expected to see winds gusting between 60-75 mph as hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall hit the region.
Hurricane Hanna Tracker: See the storm track on this map as it heads toward Texas landfall
7 a.m. Saturday: Hanna was upgraded to Category 1 status becoming the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlanta hurricane season.
What can residents expect?
Residents can expect heavy flooding and tropical-like thunderstorms throughout the day Saturday.
Swells generated by Hurricane Hanna are expected to increase and affect much of the Texas and Louisiana coasts during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Harness said storm surge areas could expect two to four feet of water above ground level.
“It’s just important to pay attention to local officials as Hanna moves into the region,” Harness said. “The rain is going to be a big concern and it could lead to flash flooding across the area.”
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What if the power goes out?
AEP Texas will have additional crews from other areas to help restore power after the storm passes, according to a news release sent by the agency Friday.
During the storm, customers are asked not to call the AEP Customer Solutions Center except to report drowned power lines and other situations that could pose a safety threat. To report a fallen power line or utility poll, call 1-866-223-8508.
Residents can track progress on the restoration effort by visiting the outage area at www.aeptexas.com.
What are the latest weather alerts?
A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Port Mansfield to Mesquite Bay, National Weather Service in Corpus Christi reported.
A tropical storm warning is also in effect from Mesquite Bay to High Island.
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.
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