Ike Spikes to Cat 4, Deadly Hanna Churns Toward US

Now Josephine's waiting in the wings
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2008 2:25 AM CDT
People wade through flooded streets after Hanna hit the area in Gonaives, Haiti. Three storms have killed at least 126 people in Haiti in less than three weeks.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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(Newser) – Two major storms are churning across the Atlantic, with their chances of striking the US still unclear. Hurricane Ike has rapidly strengthened to a raging Category 4, while Tropical Storm Hanna is now battering the Bahamas after killing 26 in Haiti. Hanna could hit the US  Saturday anywhere between Georgia and North Carolina, reports AP. Ike’s path is still uncertain. 

Experts predict Hanna could be upgraded to a hurricane sometime today, and note that the storm's reach is growing. So far, Hanna has knocked out power in the southern Bahamas and closed some airports. Ike is still far out at sea, but is moving landward at 17 mph. Tropical Storm Josephine is following, but has already begun to weaken.