East Coast Braces for Storms

Hanna could become hurricane by landfall; Ike drops to Cat. 3
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 5, 2008 8:56 AM CDT
This NOAA image was taken at 6:45 a.m. EDT today. Tropical Storm Hanna can be seen chugging just east of the Bahamas headed toward the Atlantic coast. Further east in the Atlantic is Hurricane Ike.   (AP Photo/NOAA)
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(Newser) – Tropical storm watches or warnings were extended from Georgia to just south of New York City today as states along the Atlantic braced for Tropical Storm Hanna. Forecasters said Hanna could still become a hurricane before its expected arrival on US shores tomorrow. Meanwhile, disaster planners eyed ferocious-looking Hurricane Ike, which weakened to a Category 3 storm this morning but was still considered dangerous.

With power outages and problems from Hurricane Gustav lingering in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, relief groups found themselves juggling three storms. As of 8 am today, Hanna had maximum sustained winds near 65 mph and was centered about 425 miles south of Wilmington, NC, moving toward the northwest near 18 mph. Rain and wind from Hanna could start as early as tonight in the South.