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Texas authorities issued a hurricane warning Friday for residents along the coast after record-breaking Tropical Storm Hanna gained strength as it hurtled through the Gulf of Mexico
Hanna is now expected to make landfall as a hurricane bring life-threatening swell on Saturday afternoon at the same time as Hurricane Douglas is forecast to descend on Hawaii.
The storms come as both states are grappling with a rise in coronavirus cases, with officials branding the oncoming dangerous weather systems as 'a potential disaster inside of a current disaster'.
Hanna and Douglas could both hit the United States as hurricanes on Saturday, adding to the coronavirus emergency
Hurricane Douglas is pictured as it moves further toward Hawaii. It is expected to weaken before it hits the island chain
Tropical Storm Hanna is hurtling toward Texas and forecast to make landfall Saturday as a hurricane
Forecasters issued a hurricane warning for parts of the Texas coast Friday afternoon as Tropical Storm Hanna threatened to bring heavy rain, rough waters and strong winds.
Hanna was centered about 195 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 4 p.m. CDT advisory. The storm had maximum sustained winds around 50 mph and was moving west at 10 mph.
Hanna was forecast to make landfall Saturday afternoon or early evening and a hurricane warning is in effect for Baffin Bay to Mesquite Bay, a span that includes Corpus Christi. A storm surge warning is also in effect for Baffin Bay to Sargent.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from the mouth of the Rio Grande River to Baffin Bay and from Mesquite Bay to San Luis Pass.
Forecasters said Hanna could bring 5 to 10 inches of rain and coastal swells that could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Employees with the City of Corpus Christi in Texas load sandbags in to peoples cars as Tropical Storm Hanna approaches
People wait in line to receive sandbags in Texas. Forecasters issued a hurricane warning for parts of the Texas coast Friday afternoon as Tropical Storm Hanna threatened to bring heavy rain, rough waters and strong winds