Hanna Sets Sights on Carolinas

Some areas already flooded; officials preparing for worse
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2008 5:50 PM CDT
Cole Richards of Myrtle Beach, S.C. takes advantage of the heavy surf in Holden Beach, NC., Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. Tropical Storm Hanna continues to near landfall.    (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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(Newser) – As Tropical Storm Hanna roared toward the Carolinas this afternoon on 30 mph winds projected to keep rising, many Charleston streets flooded and officials ordered voluntary evacuations in some low-lying areas, the Post and Courier reports. "All of our emergency persons are on duty,” the Berkeley County supervisor said. “Everybody stands ready."

A tornado watch is in place in most of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the State of Columbia reports. While the far stronger Hurricane Ike continued to menace the Bahamas, Hanna had coastal residents as far north as Massachusetts on alert. It's expected to make landfall between Myrtle Beach and Charleston tonight, the AP reports.