Hanna is now a hurricane and making landfall Saturday in Texas.
DAVE WARREN: Yes, and as of this morning now, it became Hurricane Hannah here. Here is the radar picture. You can see clear circulation there around the eye. It is still over water, so it could continue to intensify before it approaches the coastline here around Padre Island between Corpus Christi and Brownsville.
But that became a hurricane this morning with winds 75 miles an hour. Flooding will be a big issue. Storm surge two to four feet along the Texas coast, and already seeing the impacts here some of these bands with the wind speeds increasing.
Satellite picture shows the storms continue to develop there right around the center, and from the National Hurricane Center the wind now 75 miles an hour. It will continue to move off to the west here. It's moving just about eight, nine miles an hour, but the wind speed's 75 miles an hour. So it did become a hurricane this morning. A Category 1, there is the storm size already seeing some of these tropical storm-force winds approach the coastline.
Red color indicates hurricane conditions. Notice these expand well outside of this forecasted cone now. So close to the coast, they're pinpointing the center of the storm, , but we're seeing conditions go up to Corpus Christi and Brownsville. And then as it moves over South Texas and into Northern Mexico, well then we're seeing the flood threat with flash flood watches in effect, and the heavy rain that will continue Sunday and again into early Monday.
But that is the latest there with Hurricane Hanna. It's one of three areas we continue to watch in the tropics. We are watching real-time Doppler here across the area, a few clouds building off in the distance, and we have a few storms to talk about. They are pushing through the area and could continue to work their way inland here this afternoon. I'll look in detail of that with the complete forecast, and I come back just a little bit later.