HOUSTON, July 27 (Xinhua) — Thousands of Texans remained without power on Monday as Hurricane Hanna made landfalls two days ago.
Hurricane Hanna made two landfalls Saturday afternoon and evening in southern Texas, causing flood and power outage in the area. Hanna weakened into a tropical storm early Sunday morning and moved toward northern Mexico. It was the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
Local media reported that downed power lines and trees have caused road closures across South Texas. As of Monday afternoon, American Electric Power Texas, one of the state’s largest electric providers, reported more than 58,000 power outages.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. President Donald Trump approved a federal emergency declaration in response to Hanna, allowing for federal assistance and reimbursement for evacuation efforts and shelter support. Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties in the state.
Hanna came as COVID-19 cases in South Texas continue to surge. Abbott announced earlier that the state’s emergency response in the area would include mobile COVID-19 testing teams focused on shelters and 100 medical personnel provided by the Texas National Guard.
So far, there is no death report caused by Hanna and damage assessment and cleanup are underway in the impacted areas. Enditem