Hanna Is On The Way

At 2:00pm Friday, Tropical Storm Hanna was 310 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving north at 20 mph.

NASA Satellite Image

Satellite pictures show that Hanna has become more organized with sustained winds close to 70 mph. Hanna is close to hurricane strength.

Saturday will be the critical day for Maryland and surrounding areas as Hanna moves from North Carolina in the morning to the mouth of Delaware Bal by evening.

Above…NOAA Surface Forecast for 8:00am Saturday

Above…NOAA Surface Forecast for 8:00pm Saturday

Tropical Storm force winds near 40mph with higher gusts are possible as the storm moves across Maryland. 4-8 inch rainfall totals with pockets to 10 inches are also possible as well as a chance for tornadoes.

Above…NOAA Forecast Map for Potential Precipitation

In addition to the chance for flooding due to heavy rain, tropical storm force winds are likely to cause tidal flooding conditions on the Bay, especially at high tide times on Saturday.

All-in-all it looks like Saturday will be wet and squally across the region.

For more on Hanna and other activity in the tropics check out our Hurricane Tracker at http://www.wbaltv.com/hurricanetracker/index.html .

John Collins

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