FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Tropical Depression Eight in the Gulf of Mexico has strengthened into Tropical Storm Hanna late Thursday night.
As of 11 a.m., the storm's maximum wind speeds are 45 mph.
To be a tropical storm, the sustained winds need to be at or above 39 mph.
The storm is moving to the west northwest at 9 mph.
It's projected to strengthen before it makes landfall in southern Texas Saturday.
Then it will move inland into Mexico.
It's expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rainfall, with isolated spots may see up to a foot of water.
Flash flooding is expected to happen over the weekend in southern Texas.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Hanna is the earliest 8th storm of a hurricane season on record.
The previous record was when Tropical Storm Harvey formed on Aug. 3, 2005.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.