Tropical storm Hanna drowns Texas between virus crisis
On the very next day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, On Sunday, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast with high winds and soaking rains that ruined boats, swamped streets, and punched out power throughout a region already reeling from a rise in coronavirus cases.
Downgraded to a tropical storm, Hanna moved over to the U.S- Mexico border with winds near 50 mph, informed The National Hurricane Center. It unloaded upwards of 12 inches of rain on various regions of South Texas and northeastern Mexico.
Border communities whose health care systems were weary owing to the COVID-19 cases- few patients were being airlifted to bigger cities, the other patients got stuck surrounded by the first hurricane of 2020 Atlantic season. Despite that, there were no instant reports of casualties on either side of the border.
Dr. Ivan Melendez, a health official working in Hidalgo County, Texas was treating a sufferer overnight at a hospital just when he along with a nurse observed water dripping down a wall and pooling on the floor. The water was running through an outlet in the room that had been retrofitted with a fan in order to build negative pressure and avoid the virus from spreading throughout the hospital.
One more health official, Henry Van De Putte, CEO of the Red Cross’ Texas Gulf Coast told that the organization aims to open a few more shelters with lower in order to be able to maintain social distancing. Volunteers along with people seeking refuge will have to encounter temperature checks and also a medical expert will be allocated to each location, he said.
Van De Putte highlighted that the people should not postpone seeking help owing to the virus. “Yes, coronavirus provides risk, but so does floodwater, so does not having electricity, so does not having required medications” he stated. “We’re doing everything we can do possible to make it a safe environment,” he added.
Hanna blew on land as a Category 1 storm from late Saturday noon with winds of 90 mph just outside Port Mansfield, which is almost 130 miles south of Corpus Christi.
Hanna came almost after three years following Hurricane Harvey that blew ashore northeast of Corpus Christi. Hanna was not anticipated to be as damaging as Harvey that killed nearly 68 people and caused damage of about $125 billion in Texas.