Hurricane warning issued as Hanna approaches Texas coast

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Galveston Island Beach Patrol lifeguard Matthew Herdrich walks along the rock groin at 39th Street in Galveston, Texas, as waves kicked up by Tropical Storm Hanna wash over it Friday, July 24, 2020. Officials in South Texas say they’re prepared to handle any challenges from Tropical Storm Hanna. The storm is headed their way and expected to make landfall this weekend. (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters issued a hurricane warning for parts of the Texas coast as Tropical Storm Hanna threatened to bring heavy rain, rough waters and strong winds Saturday, all while another tropical storm approached the Caribbean.

Hanna was centered about 190 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Friday night. The storm had maximum sustained winds around 50 mph and was moving west at 10 mph.

Hanna was forecast to make landfall as a hurricane Saturday afternoon or early evening. A hurricane warning is in effect for Baffin Bay to Mesquite Bay, a span that includes Corpus Christi. A storm surge waring is in effect for Baffin Bay to Sargent. A tropical storm warning is in effect from the mouth of the Rio Grande River to Baffin Bay and from Mesquite Bay to San Luis Pass.

Forecasters said Hanna could bring 5 to 10 inches of rain and coastal swells that could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Hanna broke the record as the earliest eighth Atlantic named storm, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The previous record was Harvey on Aug. 3, 2005, Klotzbach tweeted.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo was also the earliest Atlantic named storm for its place in the alphabet. The previous record was held by Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on July 24, 2005. So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard and Fay also set records for being the earliest named Atlantic storm for their alphabetic order.

Gonzalo was moving at 18 mph while its maximum sustained winds weakened to 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center’s Friday night update. It was centered about 340 miles east of the southern Windward Islands.

Officials said that those in the Windward Islands should monitor the storm as it is expected to approach the islands Saturday. Some strengthening was possible but the storm is expected to weaken as it moves into the Caribbean Sea.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tobago and Grenada and its dependencies. A tropical storm warning is in effect for several places, including St. Lucia, Tobago and Grenada. Forecasters said Gonzalo could bring 2 to 5 inches of rain.

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