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Hanna to Make Landfall as Hurricane Along Gulf Coast; Gonzalo Continues West

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Tropical Storm Gonzalo continued moving across the Atlantic Friday, while Tropical Storm Hanna strengthened and is expected to make landfall as a hurricane this weekend along the Gulf Coast.

In the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Hanna is located roughly 165 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas, with sustained winds of 65 mph as of the 10 p.m. CDT advisory. Hanna is headed toward Texas/Mexico Border, away from South Florida, taking the soaking rain from the last two days with it.

Hanna is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall on Saturday. Steady to rapid weakening is expected after it moves inland.

A Hurricane Warning was extended southward to Port Mansfield, Texas, and a Tropical Storm Warning was extended northward to High Island, Texas. The government of Mexico also issued a Tropical Storm Warning north of Barra el Mezquital to the Mouth of Rio Grande.

Gonzalo was centered about 285 miles east of Trinidad with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. A U.S. National Hurricane Center advisory said the storm was heading west at 17 mph.

Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 25 miles from the center.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tobago, Grenada and its dependencies.

Some slight strengthening is possible before Gonzalo reaches the southern Windward Islands. Weakening is expected after it moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea and the system is forecast to dissipate Sunday or Monday.

When Gonzalo strengthened into a named storm Wednesday, it became the earliest named seventh tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The previous record was held by Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on July 24, 2005.

So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard and Fay also set records for being the earliest named Atlantic storms of their respective place in the alphabet.

Stay tuned to NBC 6 and the First Alert weather team for updates

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