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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Next up: Hanna - followed by Ike and Josephine

Take one afternoon off and look at what happens!

While the country was focused on Hurricane Gustav making landfall in southern Louisiana, Tropical Storm Hanna just sat in the eastern Caribbean and churned away not really doing much. Once Gustav came ashore, Hanna flexed her muscles and intensified to a Hurricane but stayed in the same area. Backwash from Gustav was keeping Hanna from developing but once Gustav came ashore, nothing stood in the way of Hanna's growth.

Today Hanna has once again dropped down to tropical storm status but this won't last for long. Hanna will be a hurricane by tomorrow and is expectecd to intensify to a Cat 2 storm belore making landfall on the southeast Atlantic coast this weekend. The computer models (source: Weatehr underground) all converge on a landfall around Savannah, GA. with a quick drive up the coast.

Following Hanna will be Ike. Ike is expected to become a Cat 1 hurricane over the next day or two as he is heading for the Caribbean. Once he gets to the warmer waters of the Caribbean, be ready for another increase in intensity. Ike has the potential to be another major storm. Josephine is too far out to predict anything yet.

Both storms will intensify over the next few days, with Ike forecast to pass close to or over the Leeward Islands on Friday. According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, "If Ike maintains its forward speed, Florida could feel its effects as early as Sunday afternoon."
Hanna has already cause 10 deaths in Haiti and has generated serious rip currents that led to the death of one man and 27 other requiring rescue.

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