Tropical Storm Hanna flattens Covid-hit Texas coast

Beach-goers play in high swells from Hurricane Hanna in Galveston Texas U.S

USA southern state of Texas along the coast of Gulf of Mexico continued to feel the impact of tropical storm Hanna on Sunday with flooded streets and power outage.

Chris Birchfield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said residents needed to remain alert.

The approaching storm is threatening the islands with high and damaging winds, rain, as well as landslides and high surf.

Tropical Depression Hanna is expected to weaken enough to lose its tropical designation Monday but continue to present a threat in the form of heavy rain and potential flooding.

Two men walk on a flooded road as Hurricane Hanna makes landfall.

Corpus Christi is in Nueces County, where health officials made headlines when they revealed that 60 infants tested positive for COVID-19 from July 1 to July 16.

"Flash flooding and mudslides are likely across Northern Mexican states".

Texas had almost four lakh cases of COVID-19 and the state had suffered over 5,000 deaths related to the virus so far.

By nightfall, Hanna's blistering winds were ripping up the Texas coast near Corpus Christi.

Hanna's charge across the borderland of South Texas and northeastern Mexico is continuing with drenching rains even as strong winds slow.

At a Saturday press conference, Abbott also stressed the dangers of people coming together to shelter or respond to the storm in a region that is simultaneously being slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Local authorities were readying for the possibility of tornadoes springing up overnight in some coastal areas, according to local news reports, as the American Red Cross opened three shelters across the state in preparation. Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commanding officer, Eighth Coast Guard District, is also scheduled to conduct an overflight survey of the areas impacted by Hurricane Hanna, Sunday afternoon.

A hurricane alert has been issued in the counties of Maui and Kauai, as well as Oahu, the island where Honolulu is located. Tamaulipas disinfected shelters to try to avoid spreading Covid-19, state governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca said.

Ballard said the storm was tracking west-northwest over the island chain and any variation of the path closer could bring much worse weather.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or widespread damage as the winds slowed to 80 miles per hour once the storm headed inland - with further weakening expected overnight.