– Source: dpa
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Hurricane HANNA raged over Texas and caused damage in the country, which was already marked by the coronavirus. Another cyclone threatens Hawaii.
The first hurricane of this year’s season over the Atlantic has hit land in the US state of Texas. The hurricane of the lowest level one reached the coast on Saturday with winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center of the US climate agency NOAA. After that, HANNA weakened and was downgraded to a tropical storm.
There is still a risk of flash floods
Damage was initially only reported from the coastal town of Port Mansfield. However, the hurricane center continued to warn of heavy rains that could lead to life-threatening flash floods.
Governor declared a state of emergency
Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency in numerous counties. The corona pandemic, which is rampant there, makes the work of the helpers in the storm more difficult, Abbott said according to the US media.
“This challenge is complicated and compounded when you consider that it is sweeping through what is the most Covid-19 hit area in the state.” According to the Johns Hopkins University, around 5000 people have died in Texas alone as a result of the corona pandemic.
Hurricane DOUGLAS hits Hawaii
Hurricane DOUGLAS reached the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific. According to the US National Hurricane Center, the eye of the cyclone was on Sunday evening (local time, Monday morning CEST) 105 kilometers east-northeast of Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii. With wind speeds of 140 kilometers per hour, the storm moved slowly in a west-northwest direction.
At first nothing was known about major damage. Authorities had warned of life-threatening and potentially destructive waves, heavy rains and dangerous storm surges. On the island of Maui, people were told to take shelter at home and avoid roads if possible. Hawaii is rarely reached by hurricanes.
Active hurricane season is expected
Over the Atlantic, NOAA expected an above-average hurricane season this year, according to a forecast from May. From June to the end of November, up to ten hurricanes can be expected, of which up to six could become very strong cyclones, the authority had said. On average there are six hurricanes over the Atlantic each year, three of which develop into storms of great strength.
In view of the available climate data and the higher water temperature in the Atlantic and the Caribbean, the probability of a normal season is only 30 percent, while that of a below-average season is only 10 percent, it was said at the time. US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that his administration is closely monitoring the storms and is in contact with the affected states.
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