The US state of Texas, already dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases, is bracing for the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, which is expected to bring heavy rains, storm surges and possible tornadoes.

Tropical storm Hanna strengthened and was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane early on Saturday by the US National Hurricane Center, a department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The hurricane is expected to hit the Texas coast between Corpus Christi and Brownsville later in the day. A storm surge warning was issued for the stretch of the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Sargent.

On Friday, residents in several Texas communities in Kleberg County, south of Corpus Christi, were urged to evacuate their homes ahead of the storm’s

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