Before Hanna made landfall, Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb told The Associated Press that the city was prepared to deal with both the pandemic and the hurricane.
"Don't feel like since we've been fighting COVID for five months that we're out of energy or we're out of gas,” he said. “We're not. We can do these two things together and we're going to win both of them."
Abbott announced that the state’s emergency response in the area would include mobile COVID-19 testing teams focused on shelters and 100 medical personnel provided by the Texas National Guard.
Harlingen received about 12 inches of rain, which caused flash flooding, downed trees and power lines that closed several roads, according to the city’s website. McAllen reported a record-high daily rainfall of 4.13 inches Sunday, breaking a 20-year record.
Corpus Christi has not reported any deaths related to the storms and began damage assessment and cleanup Sunday. The city’s beaches will be closed while the city undergoes cleanup and damage assessment.
Padre Island National Seashore, a 70-mile stretch separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, has also been closed for damage assessment. The Laguna and Gulf sides of the island both received damage from the storms, according to the seashore’s website. The sea level rose more than 6 feet in North Padre Island. Portions of Bob Hall Pier, a well-known pier in Padre Island, collapsed due to the storms, according to KRIS-TV.
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