September 2, 2008

Hurricane Hanna Dawdling Near Bahamas

Hurricane Hanna stalled a second time early Tuesday on its westward advance on the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters in Miami reported.

A hurricane warning was in effect for central and southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

At 5 a.m. EDT, Hanna's center was about 35 miles east-northeast of Great Inagua Island and about 395 miles southeast of Nassau with sustained winds of 80 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Hanna, the eighth named Atlantic storm of the season, was only moving west at 2 mph, similar to a stall on Monday, the report said. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.

The center said "erratic motion" with strengthening was likely Wednesday.

"Hanna is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 8 to 12 inches with isolated amounts of 20 inches over the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands," the NHC warned.

It also said dangerous rip currents along the southeastern U.S. coast would be generated by the hurricane.

Image Courtesy NASA/JPL/Colorado State University/Naval Research Laboratory-Monterey