A turn to the north for Hanna
Tropical Storm Hanna seems to have pounded Haiti and its unfortunate people long enough. Forecasters say the storm finally seems to have made her long-predicted turn to the north. Maybe. Top sustained winds remain at about 60 mph, but the old girl is getting bigger, and some strengthening is still expected in the next day or two as the storm heads for the U.S. mainland.
Hanna has been hammered by wind shear, which has left her a bit disheveled and disorganized. But she is still predicted to get ahold of herself and regain hurricane strength and get a wiggle on today and tomorrow, reaching the Carolinas early Saturday. Here's AccuWeather.com's predictably more eager assessment.
NASA's hurricane page reports that South Carolina's governor is warning that coastal evacuations are possible there, and the National Guard may be activated:
"In Georgia voluntary evacuations of Georgia’s barrier islands and low-lying coastal areas may begin today, Wednesday, Sept. 3. Meanwhile, federal, state and local emergency response teams, the American Red Cross were already preparing for Hanna's arrival."
Here is the latest Hanna advisory. Here is the storm track. The centerline in the "cone of uncertainty" now takes Hanna off the coast as she passes our latitude. If the storm does take that track (it could still come up the west side of the bay) that's good news for those worried about storm winds piling water northward into the bay. It also takes the strongest winds offshore.
And here is the looped view from space. Below is a NASA photo of Hanna, shot yesterday by the Earth-Observing Aqua satellite.