Hurricane Hanna Brings Flooding, Power Outages, Strong Winds and Rain to Texas Gulf Coast

Tides rise at Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi as Hurricane Hanna approaches land on Saturday.
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Texans in the Rio Grande Valley and along the Coastal Bend continued to face the impact of now-Tropical Storm Hanna on Sunday.

The storm, which made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane Saturday evening at Padre Island, packed sustained winds as high as 90 mph and caused power outages and flooding. Rain bands from the hurricane will linger over much of the region all day Sunday.

As of 1 a.m. Sunday, Hanna had weakened into a tropical storm and was moving toward northern Mexico, according to the National Weather Service.

Liz Sommerville, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service, told the Caller-Times that there is a chance for severe thunderstorms that could bring strong winds, heavy rain and low-line, coastal flooding in the region all day.

On Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott urged Texans to remain vigilant given the threats of flash flooding. “Any additional rainfall will exacerbate these threats, but the State of Texas is ready to respond and protect our fellow Texans,” Abbott said in a statement.

In a separate statement Sunday, Abbott announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Donald Trump have approved a federal emergency declaration in response to Hanna. The declaration allows for some federal assistance and reimbursement for evacuation efforts and shelter support.

Coastal flooding that could reach up to two to three feet will be especially evident in the northern and southern parts of Port Aransas, Sommerville said.

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

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

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 Regional Airport.

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SOURCE: Texas Tribune, Alana Rocha, Mitchell Ferman, and Juan Pablo Garnham