Tropical storm Hanna was upgraded to a hurricane as it moved to the Texas coast, threatening heavy rain, storm surges, and possible tornadoes.
Anna is the first hurricane in the 2020 Atlantic season, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
Maximum sustained winds had increased to 75 mph with the storm centered about 100 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi in Texas and heading landward at 9 mph.
Rainfall related to Hannah could lead to life-threatening floods across South Texas today through Sunday. Flash floods are also possible in the southwest to the southern and central Rockies, and the central plains in the Midwest over the next two days. pic.twitter.com/UIS0YbP8lx
– NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) July 25, 2020
A storm surge warning of up to 1.5 meters from Baffin Bay to Sargent was extended south of the bay to Port Mansfield, Texas, with people advised to protect life and property from high water.
Tornadoes were also possible on Saturdays for parts of the coastal plain from lower to central Texas, forecasters said.
Meanwhile, tropical storm Gonzalo was still on its way to cross the southern Windward Islands on Saturday afternoon or evening.
Gonzalo headed west at nearly 18 mph with maximum sustained winds at 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center said on Saturday morning.
For St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tobago and Grenada and its dependencies, a tropical storm alert remained, with the expected weather system expected to disappear Sunday evening or Monday.
Gonzalo and Hanna broke the record for the first seventh and eighth Atlantic storms, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.
The previous records were Gert on July 24, 2005 and Harvey on August 3, 2005, Klotzbach said.
Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard and Fay also set records as the earliest-mentioned Atlantic Storm for their alphabetical order.