Hurricane Hanna strengthens to 85 mph

The National Hurricane Center says an Air Force hurricane hunter plane and Doppler Radar indicate Hurricane Hanna has strengthened.

Maximum sustained winds are now 85 mph. A TCOON observing station at Laguna Madre recently reported a sustained wind of 63 mph and a gust to 79 mph.

As of 2 p.m CDT, the center of Hanna was offshore of the Texas coastline about 55 miles east-northeast of Port Mansfield and about 75 miles southeast of Corpus Christi. It’s moving toward the west at 8 mph.