LIVE BLOG: Hanna downgraded to a tropical depression

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Editor’s Note: This live blog is no longer being updated as of the evening of Sunday, July 26

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tropical Depression Hanna is weakening and leaving flooding and damage in its wake. Hanna was officially classified as a Category 1 Hurricane Saturday morning — becoming Texas’ first of the season.

As a tropical storm, it first formed in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday night. Sustained winds will continue intensifying before landfall on the lower or middle Texas coast on Saturday.

The 2020 hurricane season is Texas’ busiest on record to date.

KXAN’s David Yeomans is on the coast and will provide updates throughout the weekend on KXAN.com and KXAN News.

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7:17 p.m. Update

Hanna was downgraded to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression Sunday, even as it left flooding in its wake. Hidalgo and Starr Counties are under a flash flood warning until 10 p.m. Sunday.

8:20 a.m. update

Our sister station KVEO reports flooding in many areas including McAllen and Mission.

A gas station in Mission, TX experienced storm damage. (Credit: City of Mission).
Nolana/Ware area in McAllen. Credit : KVEO
Nolana/Ware area in McAllen. Credit : KVEO
Nolana/Ware area in McAllen. Credit : KVEO

4:50 a.m. update

A video taken by Javier Vega at 4:00 a.m. in the city of Edinburg shows a traffic light dangling in the wind.

12:30 a.m. Sunday update

Part of the roof of Ceballos Diaz funeral home in the city of Edinburg has collapsed. Our sister station KVEO reports that this funeral home was already at capacity due to COVID-19.

Ceballos Diaz funeral home in Edinburg, Texas experienced a roof collapse from the wind and storms. Image Courtesy KVEO.
Ceballos Diaz funeral home in Edinburg, Texas experienced a roof collapse from the wind and storms. Image Courtesy KVEO.

11:50 p.m. Saturday update

Just before midnight, an overturned eighteen-wheeler on I69 near Sebastian, TX was reported as wind gusts exceeded 90 mph.

11:30 p.m. Saturday Update

The eye of Hurricane Hanna has now moved inland. Our crews were out on North Padre Island Saturday night, still experiencing tropical storm-force wind gusts around 10 p.m.

David Yeomans reported there’s no major damage on North Padre Island, and no evacuations were issued in the area.

9:30 p.m. Saturday Update

As Hanna tracks inward, more rain and winds hit the region. Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that resources are on the way for affected areas. High-water vehicles, rescue boats, helicopters and medical teams were deployed to south Texas Saturday evening.

More videos and photos of the damage to the partially-collapsed Bob Hall Pier on Padre Island have surfaced online.

Though not nearly as severe as south Texas, some places here in Central Texas saw some rain from Hurricane Hanna too. Just west of Buda Saturday afternoon, outer bands from Hanna could be seen rolling in.

west of Buda on FM 967
Clouds from Hurricane Hanna move in west of Buda on FM 967 Saturday afternoon (Courtesy of Mike Sexton)

7 p.m. Saturday Update

David Yeomans reported minor damage and beach erosion on North Padre Island Saturday evening. He said parts of Bob Hall Pier collapsed due to a large wave. The pier is located about two miles from Whitecap Beach on North Padre.

Due to damage, a Nueces County official said beaches will be closed for a while after the storm.

The National Hurricane Center said Hanna made a second landfall at 6:15 p.m. in Kenedy County, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. Kenedy County includes parts of Padre Island and is south of Corpus Christi.

6:30 p.m. Saturday Update

A bridge to exit South Padre Island was blocked by law enforcement just 30 minutes after the storm made landfall. Traffic was stopped momentarily to allow Texas Department of Transportation officials to do a wind measurement, KVEO reports.

cars backed up on South Padre Island
Around 30 minutes after Hanna made landfall, a bridge to exit South Padre Island was blocked off to monitor wind conditions. (KVEO Photo/Jeremiah Wilcox)

Here’s a look at what North Padre Island looked like at landfall, which was around 5 p.m.

North Padre Island around landfall Hurricane Hanna
North Padre Island around Hurricane Hanna’s landfall on July 25 (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

5:05 p.m. Saturday Update

Port Mansfield sees damage as Hurricane Hanna makes landfall about 15 miles to the north on Padre Island around 5 p.m. Saturday., according to the National Hurricane Center.

It’s now a high-end Category 1 Hurricane.

2:45 p.m. Saturday Update

Our crew touched base with a Nueces County official, who says Bob Hall Pier on South Padre Island is taking some damage.

So far, there are no injuries, and they still have power in town. Right now, no evacuations are taking place, and everyone is sheltering in their homes due to COVID-19, the official said.

1:20 p.m. Saturday Update

12:30 p.m. Saturday Update

The eye of Hurricane Hanna is only 15 miles from the coast, says KXAN’s Weather Team, who are covering the storm in North Padre Island. Wind gusts are measuring at 69 miles per hour — almost a hurricane-force wind gust.

The effects of the storm continue to be felt even before it hits land, with surges swelling and water levels rising. Water levels in the North Padre Island area have already risen six feet above the baseline — and those levels can keep rising.

By the end of the afternoon, KXAN’s experts estimate, the area could have “storm surge inundation” of three to five feet. This means waters would be three to five feet above ground level.

11:35 a.m. Saturday Update

Waves continue rolling in harsher and harsher along the Texas coast. Winds thrashed at Whitecap Beach in Corpus Christi on Saturday morning.

9:30 a.m. Saturday Update

North Padre Island has already experienced damage at the coast as waves pelted various picnic tables near the water.

8:50 a.m. Saturday Update

Hanna is less than 70 miles from the Texas coast. Winds have already gotten up to 40 miles per hour.

8:05 a.m. Saturday Update

The latest data shows Hurricane Hanna likely making landfall south of Corpus Christi between Baffin Bay and Brownsville early this afternoon.

Hanna’s placement and unusually large eye could cause the storm to be more intense than even Hurricane Harvey, the KXAN Weather team reports. Wind gusts and storm surges could be stronger.

7:45 a.m. Saturday Update

Category 1 Hurricane Hanna could become a lesser Category 2 hurricane by the time it hits the Texas coast.

The KXAN Weather team, live from North Padre Island, reports that the tide has already risen five feet on Saturday morning. Hanna is expected to make landfall a bit south of the island, however, the hurricane’s unusually large eye could cause the majority of damage to happen outside of the center of landfall.

7:30 a.m. Saturday Update

7 a.m. Saturday Update

Hours away from hitting the Texas coast, likely between Corpus Christi and Brownsville, and officially became a Category 1 hurricane. According to KXAN’s Weather team, the ocean levels in North Padre Island have already risen up to four feet.

The storm is still about 100 miles east of the island.

Morning in North Padre Island, hours ahead of Hurricane Hanna’s arrival (KXAN/Todd Bailey)

11 p.m. Friday Update

David Yeomans and Todd Bailey ran into an Austin family vacationing on the beach. They said Hanna, which is expected to hit the coast as a hurricane, is affecting their plans.

7:20 p.m. Friday Update

Conditions deteriorated as rain bands moved in to the coastline Friday evening. Parts of the Texas coast are under a Hurricane Warning as Hanna is expected to strengthen.

6 p.m. Friday Update

The crew checked out a beach along North Padre Island, just off the coast of Corpus Christi. The area was mostly clear, except for a few surfers.

4:15 p.m. Friday Update

David Yeomans and Todd Bailey arrived in Corpus Christi Friday afternoon. Access roads to Whitecap Beach in Corpus Christi are blocked off ahead of the approaching tropical storm. Although the road blocks are in place, Bailey said they witnessed people still passing through.

2:30 p.m. Friday Update

David Yeomans provides an update from the road, and talks about when he made a similar trip to cover Hurricane Harvey.

1:18 p.m. Friday Update

Meteorologist David Yeomans and Photojournalist Todd Bailey are headed toward South Texas as Tropical Storm Hanna approaches. They’re a couple hours away from Corpus Christi and plan to have updates on the latest on the storm on KXAN at 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, back in the KXAN Weather Center, our forecasters are tracking the storm. Kristen Currie said Hanna is strengthening, with sustained winds of 50 miles an hour, and is about 230 miles off the coast of Corpus Christi. There are currently Tropical Storm Warnings in effect for the South Texas coast, from just south of Galveston to Brownsville.

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