President Donald Trump approved Sunday the declaration of emergency for the state of Texas after the passage of Hurricane Hanna, the first of the Atlantic season.
“The President declared that an emergency exists in the state of Texas and ordered federal assistance to support state and local response efforts due to emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Hanna that began on July 25 and continue,” the White House said in a statement.
Hanna, which made landfall in Texas Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, out of 5, has been downgraded to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.
The system left heavy rains and flooding in South Texas, where more than 150,000 homes and structures dawned without power on Sunday, and in northwest Mexico.
The declaration of emergency means extra federal funds will be allocated to the south of this state, where authorities have not yet reported any deaths or injuries from the passage of the hurricane.
State Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties on Saturday as Hanna made landfall on the Texas coast.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has deactivated all warnings and watches it maintained for the storm, but the National Weather Service warned that it is still “a dangerous and life-threatening situation,” one said.
Hanna threatens heavy rains with accumulations of up to 18 inches (about 30 centimeters) and the consequent flooding in the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.
Hanna’s arrival in South Texas adds to the health crisis in the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most affected in the country, which threatens to overwhelm its health capacity.