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Hurricane Hanna downgraded to tropical storm as it lands in Texas

Christian Fernsby |
The first Atlantic hurricane of 2020 was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday after it swept into coronavirus hit Texas, bringing heavy rain, storm surges and potentially life threatening flash flooding.

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The Category 1 storm was downgraded by the U.S. National Hurricane Center to a tropical storm but it was still packing winds of around 115 kilometers per hour.

“Hanna is expected to produce heavy rains across portions of southern Texas and northeastern Mexico. These rains will result in life threatening flash flooding,” and some river flooding, meteorologists said.

Damage appeared limited in the immediate aftermath of Hanna’s landfall on Padre Island at around 5pm, with some isolated flooding and power outages.

Images captured by CBS showed roads and a caravan park in the coastal city of Corpus Christi strewn with debris and downed trees.

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