Update (18:45ET): The National Weather Service (NWS) reports Hurricane Hanna "made landfall on Padre Island, Texas, at 500 PM CDT about 15 miles north of Port Manfield, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph."
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns of "life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Sargent, where a storm surge warning is in effect."
Storm chasers are reporting Hanna's high winds have already damaged buildings in the Port Mansfield area.
HURRICANE #HANNA eye wall 90 mph sustained winds now with damage to boat park in Port Mansfield Texas. Eye wall will not give up here in PM. Waiting for eye. Tracking edge of eye calm on @RadarOmega_WX app #HurricaneHanna #Hanna pic.twitter.com/3bEg3ojiRz— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) July 25, 2020
@WeatherNation field correspondents are reporting in Port Mansfield, Texas that #HurricaneHanna's eye is moving on gulf coast. Here's the lates update from our field meteorologist 👇#TXwx #Hanna pic.twitter.com/gOcVmrHgr9— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) July 25, 2020
EYE WALL doesn't want to relent to clear, calm eye in Port Mansfield TX with mesovortices apparent in the southern eye wall. Damage to boat barn in town @RadarOmega_WX #HurricaneHanna pic.twitter.com/pZzyoI1uxm— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) July 25, 2020
This is the scene moments ago of Damage observed in Port Mansfield TX, while they are currently in the Eye of Hurricane Hanna. Areas around Corpus Christi have seen over 5 feet of storm surge. Hanna’s winds have been upgraded to 90mph.— Nick Smith (@KOCONickSmith) July 25, 2020
🎥 courtesy of @KocoDerik #Hanna #koco5 pic.twitter.com/sPxSlcNWfk
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Update(9:05ET): Tropical Storm Hanna was upgraded to a hurricane on Saturday morning, making it the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said NOAA hurricane hunters and Doppler weather radars show the system has maximum sustained winds of 75mph, meeting the 74mph threshold of Category 1 hurricane status. The system is moving west at 9 mph, located about 100 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas.
AP News notes Hanna could produce life-threatening conditions for south Texas.
A storm surge warning in effect from Baffin Bay to Sargent was extended south of the bay to Port Mansfield, Texas. Storm surge up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) was forecast for that area. People were advised to protect life and property from high water.
Tornadoes were also possible Saturday for parts of the lower to middle Texas coastal plain, forecasters said. A hurricane warning remained in effect for Port Mansfield to Mesquite Bay, and a tropical storm warning was still in effect from Barra el Mezquital, Mexico, to Port Mansfield, Texas, and from Mesquite Bay to High Island, Texas.
Forecasters said Hanna could bring 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rain through Sunday night — with isolated totals of 18 inches (46 centimeters) — in addition to coastal swells that could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. - AP News
Hurricane Hanna's Landfall Forecast
Several spaghetti models show Hurricane Hanna's potential path after landfall.
The tropics are very active.
Meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted Thursday there are even more disturbances that need to "be watched closely into next week."
A tropical wave is emerging off the coast of Senegal into the Atlantic. Two more are spaced out 4-5 days apart over the continent.— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) July 24, 2020
This disturbance will be watched closely into next week as it has potential to become a powerful storm.
Meteosat (00z July 24) #TropicalUpdate pic.twitter.com/jLLsw68MBG
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Tropical Storm Hanna was located by satellite and weather radars to be about 230 miles east of Port Mansfield, Texas, with winds about 50 mph. The storm continues to intensify in the Gulf of Mexico as it churns west-northwest at nine mph.
Hanna is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast Saturday afternoon. Winds could increase above 50 mph with higher gusts in the overnight hours. Tropical storm warnings have been posted for Galveston Bay, including the cities of Corpus Christi, Rockport, and Victoria. As the storm makes landfall, it could bring torrential rains, which may cause flash flooding across southern Texas.
KBTX meteorologist Max Crawford provides an update on Hanna.
#Hanna continues to strengthen as it moves west toward Texas.— Max Crawford (@KBTXMax) July 24, 2020
Scattered to widespread rain is likely as early as this afternoon, but especially Saturday. Latest PinPoint forecast: pic.twitter.com/pMWkbyHN89
NHC's latest update on the storm.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo is another system heading to the Caribbean waters this weekend. Barbados and the Windward Islands are expected to see tropical storm winds and heavy rains.
And if that isn't enough, Hurricane Douglas is approaching Hawaii, which is currently the strongest storm on the planet, packing winds up to 120 mph. There's also a tropical wave emerging off the west coast of Africa that could strengthen into a hurricane next week.
The 2020 hurricane season is certainly off to a busy start.