Tropical Storm Hanna should make landfall in southeastern North Carolina early Saturday morning.
It now appears that Tropical Storm Hanna will make landfall in southeastern North Carolina early Saturday morning. The storm was packing winds of 65 mph late Thursday evening as she moved northwest at 14 mph. Hanna was approximately 600 miles south of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina at 8 pm. It is expected that Hanna will hit near Wilmington around 2 am to 4 am on Saturday with rapid movement northward though the Greenville/Washington area by 10 to 11 am. At this point the National Hurricane Center does not believe Hanna will gain much strength but intensification forecasts are not that good. Consequently, Hanna still has a reasonable chance of becoming a hurricane so a hurricane watch has been posted for the entire North Carolina coastline. Even a strong tropical storm will produce winds in excess of 50 mph and locally heavy rain. Hanna still has over 24 hours left before landfall so I want to remind everyone not to take this storm lightly. There is always a chance she could be stronger.