Monday, September 01, 2008

Gustav and Hanna Update -- Monday Morning

Hurricane Gustav is making landfall this morning as a category 3 storm along the Louisiana coast just southwest of New Orleans.
The storm will likely weaken later this evening as it moves inland over Louisiana. New Orleans will not be the only city feeling the impacts from this storm. Strong winds and heavy rains will also affect Mobile, AL, Biloxi, MS, Baton Rouge, LA, Lafayette, LA, Lake Charles, LA and other surrounding cities.

Gustav is not the only active system to watch in the tropics. Closer to the southeast coast, Tropical Storm Hanna has become a little better organized on satellite this morning. Hanna is drifting to the west very slow. Weak steering currents will keep Hanna on a slow track over the next couple of days. By the middle of the week, high pressure building over Bermuda will help Hanna to accelerate toward the southeast coast by the end of the week.

The latest forecast this morning from the National Hurricane Center brings Hanna inland near the Georgia-South Carolina line as a hurricane Friday. However, with the level of uncertainty that far out in the forecast, the storm could come inland anywhere from Florida to North Carolina.

Below is a graphic of several computer model forecasts for Hanna taken from Colorado State University...

You'll notice there are at least a few models that bring the storm closer to the North Carolina coast. The trends in the models will have to be watched closely over the coming days as a lot can change between now and the end of the week.

Stay tuned to News 14 Carolina for the latest tropical updates at :21 after the hour.

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