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First Atlantic hurricane of 2020 forms, churns toward Texas

First Atlantic hurricane of 2020 forms, churns toward Texas

The first Atlantic hurricane of the year doesn’t usually form until around Aug. 10. Yet, Hurricane Hanna intensified into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday morning, some two weeks ahead of schedule. The storm is expected to make landfall in south Texas later in the day, bringing heavy deluges.

Hurricane Hanna, a Category 1 hurricane, continues 2020’s profoundly busy Atlantic storm season. On Wednesday, Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed in the Atlantic Ocean, the earliest time on record for the seventh named storm of the season to form (a storm earns a name when it becomes organized and reaches wind speeds of at least 39 mph). For reference, the Atlantic’s seventh named storm doesn’t usually occur until around Sept. 16. Read more…

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