Flooding has been reported in northeastern Mexico as Tropical Storm Hanna loses strength on Sunday, July 26. The storm, which made landfall as a category 1 hurricane in southern Texas, has since been downgraded as it moves into Mexico. As the storm decreases in intensity, a tropical storm warning remains in effect between El Mezquital (Tamaulipas State) and the mouth of the Rio Grande River, on the US-Mexico border. The states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas are expected to witness a total rainfall of 150 mm to 300 mm (6-12 in), with isolated areas seeing up to 450 mm (18 in). Northern Zacatecas and eastern Durango are expected to see 25 mm to 100 mm (1-4 in) of rain. Life-threatening floods are to be expected, particularly near rivers, streams, and mudslides.
As of 13:00 (local time), Tropical Storm Hanna had maximum sustained winds of 64 kph (40 mph), with the eye of the storm near Monterrey.
Strong winds, heavy rainfall, associated flooding, and dangerous seas are likely to affect southern Texas coastal areas 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 floodwater.
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