Hanna Is History … Ike The Big Concern

Tropical Storm Hanna has now moved out of the picture and all eyes are now on Hurricane Ike.

Early in the day on Sunday Ike’s winds were clocked at 135 mph (category 4) but by evening had weakend to 120 mph (category 3).

Below are highly detailed NASA visible satellite images of Ike from 10:30 in the morning and 6:00 in the evening.

Above…The eye of Ike passing over Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas

Above…The eye of Ike approaching eastern Cuba

At 8:00pm Sunday the eye of Ike was reported to be approximately 60 miles north of Guantanamo, Cuba. Hurricane force winds extended up to 60 miles from the center of the storm.

The forecast track for Ike will move the storm over Cuba, west of Key West and into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm should weaken over Cuba but regain strength over the Gulf, remaining a full hurricane the whole time. It appears the storm will ultimately take aim at the Texas coast but it is too early to be precise on a track that far in advance and folks in Louisiana will still have to keep an eye on developments.

For the latest on Ike check our Hurricane Tracker at http://www.wbaltv.com/hurricanes/index.html

Before closing, a quick look at few of the area numbers from Hanna.

RAINFALL

BWI-Marshall Airport 1.72″, Jacksonville 2.83″, Westminster 2.88″, New Market 4.00″, Bel Air 3.00″, Brighton Dam(Howard County) 2.55″, Ellicott City 2.85″, Arlington Virginia 7.40″, Woodbridge Virginia 8.35″, Newark Delaware 3.69″, American Corner 1.99″, Fair Hill 3.81″, Rising Sun 4.70″

PEAK WIND GUSTS

Thomas Point Lighthouse 54 mph, US Naval Academy 47 mph, BWI-Marshall Airport 40 mph, Reisterstown 45 mph, Solomons Island 50 mph, Columbia 41 mph, Ridgely 37 mph, Stevensville 39 mph, TV Hill 34 mph.

Most of the area was spared from the worst that a tropical storm can do. Portions of Virginia received the heaviest rains and the worst flooding this time around.

John Collins

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