Cautious optimism is the word in Charleston; however, preparedness needs to become the word in Wilmington and the Outer Banks. The 5PM track shifted well eastward and now points to a landfall very close to Wilmington as a medium Category 1 hurricane. Despite this shift, Charleston could still see tropical storm force winds and some heavy rain at times on Friday into Saturday morning.
11:00 is about to come out — I’ll have more then. Regardless of Hanna’s track, I’ll do another briefing tomorrow night at 9:15 when more should become clear about what Charleston will face.