Hurricane Hanna slams Corpus Christi-area with flooding, damage: Sunday updates

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Hurricane Hanna quickly pushed inland overnight, leaving flooding and damage in its path. 

The Category 1 storm made landfall at 5 p.m. Saturday at Padre Island with sustained winds of 90 mph. 

As of 1 a.m. Sunday, Hanna has weakened into a tropical storm moving west southwest at 9 mph into northern Mexico.

At 12:49 p.m., the city of Corpus Christi announced in a news release there were no fatalities from the Category 1 hurricane.

Hurricane Hanna was expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain with isolated totals of 15 inches through Sunday evening in South Texas.

As of 6:50 a.m., the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi reported 2.86 inches at its station, 2.94 inches at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi, 2.28 inches at Alice airport and 1.33 inches at Victoria airport.

Matt Ziebell, a senior forecaster for the station, said Sunday’s forecast will include scattered showers and thunderstorms with a high temperature of 90 degrees.

Isolated showers are in the forecast for the evening. There is a 50% chance for scattered showers on Monday, Ziebell said.

The weather service reports the area expects total rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches and isolated amounts of up to 6 inches.

The senior forecaster said the Corpus Christi-area did not receive nearly as much rain from Hurricane Hanna compared to Harlingen, which received 10.6 inches of rain.

“We are in a stable layer (of dry weather) right now because everything is kind of west right now, some tornado warnings for areas like Premont, but we shall see some more showers throughout today and tomorrow,” Ziebell said.

Liz Sommerville, a senior forecaster for the station, said there is also a chance for severe thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy rain and low-line, coastal flooding in the region on Sunday. 

Coastal flooding will be possible in the northern and southern parts of Port Aransas, Sommerville said.


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The weather service reported bays and intracoastal waterways south of the beach town could receive inundation of 1 to 2 feet. The middle Texas coast could receive less than one foot.

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

A flash flood watch is still in effect for parts of several South Texas communities, including Nueces, Bee, Jim Wells, Refugio and San Patricio counties. It expires Sunday night.

Follow our Sunday updates as the staff of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times provides new information about the damage and recovery:

5 p.m.:  The number of outages in the Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo area totaled about 113,000. That’s down from 200,000 early this morning. Some of the largest area of outages are:

Corpus Christi District

  • Corpus Christi – 18,750

Rio Grande Valley District

  • Pharr – 18,000
  • McAllen – 8,800
  • Mission – 12,300
  • San Benito – 13,700
  • Weslaco – 12,800
  • Edinburg – 11,200

4:10 p.m.: NWS Corpus Christi reports scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue over South Texas through Sunday afternoon.

Residents should expect brief heavy downpours this evening.

4:01 p.m.: AEP Texas reports 18, 912 customers are still without power in Nueces County. About 120,000 residents are still without power in Texas, according to the agency’s outage map.

3:44 p.m.: NWS Corpus Christi reports Tropical Storm Hanna has weakened into a tropical depression and is currently moving west southwest at 9 mph into northeast Mexico.

The weather service states heavy rainfall and isolated tornados remain possible over South Texas through Sunday evening. Coastal flooding is also possible.

3:25 p.m.: The Texas State Aquarium staff continues to work on clean-up efforts and will make repairs on Monday, July 27. The aquarium will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 28.

2 p.m.: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and President Trump granted a federal emergency declaration request for assistance. That means FEMA can provide federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care including evacuation and shelter support at 75 percent federal funding. 

“I thank President Trump and our partners at FEMA for their quick response in granting this Federal Emergency Declaration,” Abbott said. “We will continue to work with our federal and local partners as we assess the damage from Hurricane Hanna and may seek additional federal assistance as we continue to respond, recover, and rebuild our communities. I continue to urge Texans to heed the guidance from their local leaders and follow best practices to keep themselves and their loved ones safe as severe weather continues to move through our communities.”

A flood risk remains throughout the Coastal Bend and the Rio Grande Valley.

12:49 p.m.: The city of Corpus Christi announced in a news release there were no fatalities from Hurricane Hanna.

The city has begun assessing damage from the storm and will begin planning a cleanup. The release states 300 city employees were called in on Sunday in various capacities including emergency operations, damage assessment, cleaning storm drains, etc. to prepare the city’s return to normal operations.

Beaches, both bay and gulf, will remain closed to facilitate beach cleaning and damage assessment.

12:30 p.m.: U.S. Coast Guard Sector/ Air Station Corpus Christi announced in a Facebook post it conducted an overflight survey of the aftermath left by Hurricane Hanna with Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales.

A 115 mile survey was conducted from Rockport, Texas south to Bob Hall Pier and west to Driscoll, Texas. A second flight is scheduled to happen this afternoon that will survey more northern areas, the post said.

12:29 p.m.: NWS Corpus Christi issues a tornado warning for Premont until 1 p.m. Sunday.

8:49 a.m.: AEP Texas can be seen working on power lines near Portland. More than 37,000 are out of power in Nueces and another 4,000 in San Patricio County.

8:04 a.m.: Harbor Del Sol Marina, near Marina Del Sol condominiums on Ocean Dr., has tremendous damage, possibly destroyed, after Hurricane Hanna.

7:40 a.m.: Aransas Pass Police Department announced in a Facebook post the ferry going to Port Aransas will remain closed until further notice. 

Multiple power lines remain down in the area. Police are asking residents to be careful and to not approach the downed lines. Major roads in Aransas Pass are clear of water, but there is some debris in the area.

AEP: 194,400 customers without  power after Hurricane Hanna impact

7 a.m.: Corpus Christi police have blocked access to the T-heads in downtown along with access from North Beach into downtown because of flooding. 

6 a.m.: AEP Texas reports 194,400 customers were without power in Texas after Hurricane Hanna made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane. There are 37,711 customers currently without power in Nueces County.

The storm is over. Now what? Here’s what to do.

At 12:49 p.m., the City of Corpus Christi announced its customer call center will close at 8 p.m. Sunday. It will return to normal operation hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, July 27.

The call center can be used to contact the city’s operations for downed tree limbs and pot hole repair orders. Residents are encouraged to call 361-826-2489 or submit an online order at

Nueces County is urging residents to call its help line 361-414-6000 for any questions on emergency operation and or to report damage from the storm.

Do you have brush to pickup?

Brush collection for Zones 5 and 6 will remain on schedule, according to the city.

Residents should follow the published brush schedule for collection on brush. Brush can also be brought to the J.C. Elliott Collection Center. The city states residents should expect long waits at the collection site.

Trash and recycling collection will resume normal operations on Monday, July 27.

Here are more things you can do:

The storm is over. Here’s how to assess the damage.

Need help? Here are the Coastal Bend agencies to call now that the storm is over.

My house is flooded. What do I do?

Check what streets may be flooded. These roads are prone to flooding in Corpus Christi

Is your power out? 

AEP Texas will have additional crews from other areas to help restore power to the impacted areas, according to a news release sent by the agency Sunday.

After the storm passes, and it is safe to do so, the electric company will begin a hazard/damage assessment in the field to begin repairs to the electrical system. 

Restoration priorities include: clear all electrical hazards; assess damaged facilities; work to restore power to vital community facilities and services such as hospitals, nursing homes, community shelters, city/fire headquarters, etc.; and restore electrical service to all remaining users as quickly as possible.

Customers can 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

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