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Hurricane Hanna batters coronavirus-hit Texas

Houston's deputy director for emergency management said Hurricane Hanna was a test of the state's ability to respond to disaster while trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

"Any hurricane is an enormous challenge", Abbott said during a Saturday briefing about the storm. Tropical storms can generate sustained winds ranging from 39 miles per hour to 73 miles per hour.

Hurricane Douglas is bringing heavy rains and surf as it passes near the islands of Oahu, Kauai and Niihau in the USA state of Hawaii, while the remnants of what was Hurricane Hanna dump flooding rains on northern Mexico and southern Texas.

Hurricane Hanna's impacts in Texas after its landfall packing 90 miles per hour sustained winds over the weekend is estimated to have caused an insurance market loss of roughly $350 million by catastrophe risk modeller Karen Clark & Company (KCC).

Border communities whose health care systems were already strained by COVID-19 cases - with some patients being airlifted to larger cities - found themselves under siege from the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season.

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Thousands of Texans remained without power on Monday as Hurricane Hanna made landfalls two days ago.

Some motorists even braved flooded roads, while one hardy storm-watcher was seen calmly taking pictures of the beach from a wind-swept promenade. "We don't want to see anyone get hurt or worse".

Once again, there will be the chance of some locally heavy downpours, but flooding rains are not expected.

Over 250,000 customers in south Texas are without power following Hurricane Hanna's landfall on Saturday afternoon, according to power companies.

However, it still posed a threat for rain in the drenched Rio Grande Valley, where more than a foot of rain has fallen.

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Flash flood warnings are in effect by the weather service for areas including the city of McAllen, Mission, Brownsville, San Benito, Donna, Mercedes, Raymondville and Lyford.

If it does cross that threshold, it will take the name Isaias, but as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre (NHC) was calling the disturbance Potential Tropical Cycle Nine.

Hawaii braced for Hurricane Douglas on Sunday, as the storm approached the Pacific archipelago, after the year's first Atlantic hurricane lashed Texas.

Nonetheless, this system has a very good chance of some development possibly impacting portions of the Caribbean Wednesday through Friday, but the forecast beyond that remains questionable.

It was forecast to lose more steam as it moved across Texas and northeastern Mexico, and on Sunday weather watch officials canceled the storm surge warning they had issued for the Texas coast.

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