McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — Residents in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas on Monday were cleaning up and digging out after Hurricane Hanna slogged through the region during the weekend, dumping inches of rain and debris and disrupting much-needed coronavirus testing services.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would tour South Texas on Tuesday, making stops in Corpus Christi and then Weslaco, Texas, and meeting with local leaders. Both areas were substantially affected when the Category 1 hurricane made landfall Saturday night near Padre Island.
No lives were lost from the storm, which communities frantically prepared for by giving out free sandbags and encouraging residents to fortify homes against 90 mph hurricane-force winds.
The winds struck McAllen with a vengeance shortly after midnight Sunday morning, howling for hours, sheering limbs off trees, taking down street signs, damaging garage doors, and leaving thousands without power and Internet service.
Hanna smacks South Texas, bringing Flash Flood Warnings
On Monday afternoon, at least 24,000 customers still were without electricity as temperatures hovered in the high 80s and low 90s. Many customers reported damaged air conditioning units, overflowing pools, and mud left on roads that had been submerged in several inches — and sometimes feet — of water a day before.
Tree limbs were split, lamp posts tilting, street signs down, fences busted, garage doors off hinges…