Hurricane Douglas threatens Hawaii

Hurricane Hanna has weakened to a tropical depression, but still carries the threat of torrential rains and flooding.

Hurricane Douglas, which passes through the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau, brings heavy rains and surf waves. In contrast, the remnants of former hurricane Hanna brought downpours to Northern Mexico and southern Texas.

The national hurricane watch center said that some areas of Hawaii, including Oahu, where the state capital, Honolulu, is located, are expected to receive between 7 and 15 centimeters of rain on Monday night, which creates a threat of flash floods and landslides.

The wind speed inside the “Douglas” on Monday night reached almost 140 kilometers per hour.

Downgraded to the level of a tropical depression, Hanna, it is expected to weaken so much on Monday that it will lose the status of a tropical storm, but will still pose a threat in the form of heavy rains and potential flooding.

Meteorologists said that the Mexican States of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas are most at risk, where 15 to 30 centimeters of rain may fall on Monday.

“Hanna” hit the Gulf coast in Texas on Saturday as a category one hurricane, bringing with it heavy rains and strong winds, which complicated the already tense situation with the coronavirus epidemic.

Some patients with COVID-19 were evacuated to other hospitals further from the coast to make room for storm-related emergencies.

“Hanna” caused power outages in some areas in southern Texas, destroyed boats and flooded streets, but there were no reports of deaths or severe injuries in Texas or Mexico.

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