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Tropical storm Hanna approaches hurricane strength as it approaches Texas

Tropical Storm Hanna is near hurricane strength as it moves toward the Texas coast.

orecasters expect the weather system to cause heavy rain, storm surges and possible tornadoes as a second tropical storm approaches the Caribbean.

Maximum sustained winds increased to 70 mph on Saturday morning, with Hanna centered approximately 115 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi and heading landward at 9 mph.

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 schedule to trek 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.

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A Hurricane Warning Corpus Christi sign as Storm Hanna approaches (Courtney Sacco / Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

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.