The good news is that Gustav was less disruptive and destructive than it could have been. Good news, but not all the news. As Gustav breaks apart over the Louisiana inland, there are three other systems heading for the U.S. and Caribbean.
First up — Hurricane Hanna.
AT 500 AM AST…0900Z…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE HANNA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 21.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 72.7 WEST OR ABOUT 35 MILES…
55 KM…EAST-NORTHEAST OF GREAT INAGUA ISLAND AND ABOUT 395 MILES
…635 KM…SOUTHEAST OF NASSAU.
HANNA IS DRIFTING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 2 MPH…4 KM/HR. SLOW AND
ERRATIC MOTION IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. HOWEVER…BY
WEDNESDAY A GRADUAL NORTHWESTWARD MOTION TOWARD THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS
IS EXPECTED BEGIN.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 80 MPH…130 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. HANNA IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN STRENGTH ARE POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS….WITH GRADUAL STRENGTHENING EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY.
So, we have that to look forward to in the second half of the week. But Hanna’s not alone. Her buddy Ike is just over the horizon.
AT 500 AM AST…0900Z…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM IKE WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 18.6 NORTH…LONGITUDE 43.1 WEST OR ABOUT 1235 MILES
…1985 KM…EAST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS.
IKE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 15 MPH…24 KM/HR…AND A MOTION
TOWARD THE WEST OR WEST-NORTHWEST AT ABOUT THE SAME SPEED IS
EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH…85 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS.
The current path puts Ike in the Bahamas late next weekend. And if that’s not enough excitement for you, tropical depression 10 will probably become tropical storm Josephine sometime in the next 24 hours. That one is still “a ways away”, as they say.
Oh. Hurricane season doesn’t end until November.