Hanna officially becomes a Category 1 hurricane

TX (ABC) — Hurricane Hanna has formed in the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph around the eye wall.

Hanna is strengthening and the National Hurricane Center says it is expected to make landfall in southern Texas on Saturday evening.

Conditions along the southwestern Gulf coast, in particular southern Texas, are expected to deteriorate through Saturday. The main threats will be dangerous tides and a storm surge along with extreme rainfall.

Tropical Storm Warnings, Hurricane Warnings, Storm Surge Warnings and several Flood Alerts are in place this morning along the southern Texas coastline.

Flood alerts are in place from the Mexico/Texas border to southwestern Louisiana as Hanna is expected to bring over 12 inches of rain locally to parts of southern Texas through the end of the weekend.

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