On Saturday, July 25, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that tropical cyclone Hannah has become the first Atlantic hurricane of the year. At 07:00 (local time), Hurricane Hanna was 150 km (90 miles) east-northeast of Port Mansfield, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph (75 mph). A hurricane warning has been issued for areas between Port Mansfield to Mesquite Bay over the next 12 hours, as has a tropical storm warning between Barra el Mezquital (Mexico) to Port Mansfield and between Mesquite Bay and High Island. In addition, a storm surge warning is in effect from Port Mansfield to Sargent, over the next 24 hours. The effects of the hurricane are expected to be felt in northeastern Mexico and along the coast of Texas and Louisiana. Rainfall is likely to exceed 25cm (10in) in localized areas during the storm's passing.
Strong winds, heavy rainfall and associated flooding, and dangerous seas are likely to affect southern Texas until Monday, July 27. Associated disruptions to transportation, power, communications, and business are to be expected in the near term.
Those in areas forecast to be affected by the storm system are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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