Hurricane Douglas continues, in the night of Sunday to Monday, heading out to the archipelago american of Hawaii, warned the meteorologists, as hurricane Hanna had earlier been downgraded to a tropical storm by sweeping Texas.
Douglas, a category 1 hurricane, was about 200 kilometers east of the capital city Honolulu of the archipelago in the north Pacific at 22h GMT on Sunday evening, with winds up to 140 km/h, according to the national hurricane Center.
A warning to the hurricane has been launched in the counties of Maui and Kauai as well as Oahu, the island where Honolulu.
“A gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Douglas is expected to remain a hurricane when it moves in the islands,” said the meteorological institute of the us.
Large waves and heavy rainfall are to be feared, he added.
In Honolulu, mayor Kirk Caldwell has opened evacuation centres which can accommodate 1600 people, but warned that they should not be used as a last resort”. He warned that the people who need shelter should bring a mask, will have their temperature taken and comply with the requirements of social distancing, measures related to the outbreak of coronavirus.
It is rare that the hurricanes reach Hawaii. If this was the case, it would only be the third time in modern history, after Dot in 1959 and Iniki in 1992.
No victim identified
Hanna, the first hurricane of the year 2020 on the Atlantic coast, has been downgraded on Sunday as a tropical storm sweeping Texas, accompanied by heavy rain and gales on the southern State of the United States, which is already very affected by the epidemic of COVID-19.
The storm of category 1 has been demoted to a tropical storm by the national hurricane Center of the United States to 6pm GMT.
Winds of about 55 kilometres per hour were still at 16h (local time), after having crossed Texas in the direction of the north-east of Mexico, according to the national hurricane Center, indicating that the storm should dissipate by Monday.
No casualties or no damage were reported, and the Texas and Mexico have raised their alerts in the afternoon.
But meteorologists warn that heavy rains may still produce ‘flood hazard of death” in the south of Texas and landslides in the north of Mexico.
Hanna was a few hundred miles of Corpus Christi, Texas, when he reached the land, in the night from Saturday to Sunday. The city of 325 000 inhabitants, which is one of the main foci of infection of the epidemic of coronavirus in Texas, had closed libraries and museums while the inhabitants were preparing to the storm, reported the local media.
The damage appeared limited in a first time, with only a few floods and power outages, localized.
According to images of the meteorological services of Corpus Christi, the water has reached the art museum of the city, located at the edge of the sea.
The aquarium of the State of Texas has stated that it would be closed as a result of damage caused by the storm.
Other images, released by CBS, showed roads and a campsite in the town strewn with debris and fallen trees, as well as several buildings, it seems, have been demolished.
“My administration is closely monitoring hurricane Douglas, near Hawaii, and in Hanna, which reached the Texas”, has tweeted the president, Donald Trump.
“We continue to coordinate with these two Statements – listen to the emergency services (…) to protect your family and your property !” he added.
The United States is the country most affected in the world by the coronavirus with nearly 4.2 million cases reported and the authorities will have to find a way of preventing contagion between persons forced to leave their homes because of the hurricanes expected this season.