Hurricane Hanna was threatening the Texas coast on Saturday, with the storm set to bring heavy rains, coastal floods and possible tornadoes — all while the state struggles with a surge of coronavirus cases.

Hanna was upgraded Saturday morning from a tropical storm, becoming the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

It was expected to continue strengthening before landfall Saturday afternoon or evening along the Texas coast, and to begin weakening as it moves inland, the hurricane center said.

The eye of the hurricane was close to Padre Island along the southern coast of Texas by Saturday afternoon. The hurricane center issued a storm surge warning as well as an official hurricane warning for areas surrounding Port Mansfield, Mesquite Bay and Sargent, Texas.

Hanna was about 75 miles southeast of Corpus Christi and was moving west at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph as of 2 p.m. CT,

Corpus Christi is in Nueces County, which made national headlines when health officials said several dozen infants tested positive for the coronavirus from July 1 to July 16.

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