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Hurricane HANNA

Hurricane Hanna Discussion Number  12
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL082020
400 PM CDT Sat Jul 25 2020
NOAA Doppler weather radar data from Brownsville and Corpus Christi, 
Texas, along with reconnaissance data from the Air Force Hurricane 
Hunters indicate that Hanna has continued to strengthen this  
afternoon. A 30-nmi-wide eye remains distinct in the radar data, and 
dropsonde and 700-mb flight-level-level height data from the 
aircraft indicate that the central pressure has decreased to 973 mb. 
The aircraft measured a peak 700-mb flight-level wind speed of 86 kt 
on its last outbound leg, which equates to about 77 kt at the 
surface. Coincident with the flight-level wind data were SFMR 
surface wind speeds of 80 kt. In addition, Doppler velocity values 
have been averaging close to 100 kt between 5000-6000 ft in the 
northern and northeastern eyewall, which converts to 80-kt surface 
wind speed estimates. Based on these data, the initial intensity has 
been increased to 80 kt. No further strengthening is anticipated 
before the center of Hanna's eye makes landfall along the south 
Texas coast in a few hours.
Doppler radar and aircraft reconnaissance fixes indicate that Hanna 
has finally made the much anticipated turn toward the 
west-southwest, now showing an initial motion of 255/07 kt. A 
west-southwestward motion is expected to continue for the next 48 
hours, which will take Hanna well inland over south Texas, followed 
by eventual dissipation in about 48 h over over the mountains of 
northeastern Mexico. The new NHC track forecast remains unchanged 
from the previous advisory, and lies near the center of the tightly 
packed consensus models.
Key Messages
1. Life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the 
Texas coast from Port Mansfield to Sargent, where a Storm Surge 
Warning is in effect. Residents in these locations should follow
advice given by local emergency officials.

2. Hurricane conditions will continue within the Hurricane Warning 
area along the Texas coast through this evening. Strong winds will 
also spread inland across portions of South Texas where Tropical 
Storm and Hurricane Warnings are in effect. 

3. Hanna is expected to produce heavy rains across portions of 
southern Texas and northeastern Mexico.  These rains will result in 
life-threatening flash flooding and isolated minor to moderate river 
INIT  25/2100Z 26.8N  97.2W   80 KT  90 MPH
 12H  26/0600Z 26.7N  98.4W   50 KT  60 MPH...INLAND
 24H  26/1800Z 26.0N 100.0W   30 KT  35 MPH...INLAND
 36H  27/0600Z 25.5N 101.4W   20 KT  25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
Forecaster Stewart