(Dharshini.G, Intern journalist) Hurricane Hanna has made landfall in southern Texas, with US authorities notice of life-threatening flood, solid breezes and overwhelming downpours. Governor Greg Abbott gave a disaster declaration for 32 regions, saying the coronavirus pandemic would complicate the work for emergency services.

Hanna made landfall on Padre Island on Saturday and is currently battering the region between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. With a wind speed of up to 90mph (145km/h), the storm was removing rooftop’s homes. Hanna was a Category One storm, the most minimal level on the five-advance Saffir-Simpson scale.

Any tropical storm is a tremendous challenge,” Governor Abbott said on Saturday. “This challenge is confused and made it significantly difficult, seeing that it is moving through a region that is the most affected region in the state for Covid-19.” The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that a “life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Sargent”.

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