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Hanna hits in virus hot spot

The Texas Tribune—

Texans in the Rio Grande Valley and along the Coastal Bend continue checking out the impact of Hanna after it made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane Saturday evening with sustained winds as high as 90 mph.

Coastal flooding reaching up to 3 feet was evident in the northern and southern parts of Port Aransas. More than 3 inches of rain were reported in many communities.

According to news TV news reports, the Rio Grande Valley received nearly 10 inches of rain from the storm.

In statement Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Donald Trump have approved a federal emergency declaration in response to Hanna. The declaration allows for some federal assistance and reimbursement for evacuation efforts and shelter support.

Abbott called for residents not to forget the already existing threat of COVID-19 in the face of the natural disaster.

“Any hurricane is an enormous challenge,” Abbott said. “This challenge is complicated and made even more severe seeing that it is sweeping through an area that is the most challenged area in the state for COVID-19.”

Abbott announced that the state’s emergency response would include 17 COVID-19 mobile testing teams focused on shelters and 100 medical personnel provided by the Texas National Guard. For people who leave the area, the American Red Cross will be providing hotel vouchers in San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum.

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