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Tropical Storm 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.
Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to reach up to 80 mph winds and could become a Category 1 hurricane when it reaches land, according to a Nueces County news release.
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 until 3 a.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi reports rainfall and strong winds are expected to increase around midnight Saturday.
By Saturday morning, tropical storm force winds will be prevalent in the area.
Liz Sommerville, a senior forecaster at the weather service, said the storm is expected to make landfall between noon to 2 p.m. Saturday south of Corpus Christi.
Hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall are expected all-day Saturday until Sunday evening, Sommerville said.
Tropical Storm Hanna Tracker: See the storm track on this map as it heads toward Texas landfall
What can residents expect?
Residents can expect minor flooding and tropical-like thunderstorms throughout the night on Friday.
Swells generated by Tropical Storm 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.
Sommerville said storm surge areas could expect two to four feet of water above ground level.
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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 was issued from Baffin Bay northward to Mesquite Bay, Texas on Friday. A Storm Surge Warning is also in effect from Baffin Bay to Sargent, Texas, including Corpus Christi Bay, Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay and Matagorda Bay.
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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