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5am: Hurricane watches now up for the area

5am Hanna Watches

As of 5am, hurricane watches are now up from Surf City, NC, to just north of Hilton Head, SC. Tropical storm watches extend from roughly Hilton Head down to almost the Georgia/Florida border.

Hanna’s still a 65 MPH storm, headed to the northwest at 11 MPH. Its satellite presentation has been less than impressive this morning; however, strengthening is still fairly likely and Category 1 strength at landfall is to be expected.

Tropical Storm Hanna 5am 09/04:  Wind Field

The 5am track speeds up the timeline a bit and shifts landfall slightly left. As of now we’re looking at a landfall a bit closer to the NC/SC border (almost right on top of Wilmington) around 2am Saturday. Tropical storm force winds should begin to arrive in Charleston around noon tomorrow, or so. Today is another clear day, so today is the day to finish your preparations. Conditions will turn drastically downhill as Friday comes along. On the current track — still very subject to change — the center of the storm will probably pass to the east of here from around 7 to 9 PM Friday night. Once this occurs, conditions will begin to improve as Hanna’s not expected to have much on its southwest side.

More after 8 or so with the new model runs and the intermediate advisory.

5PM advisory issued – hurricane watch now in effect

The 5PM advisory is coming out now, and it indicates that a hurricane watch has been issued for the east coast of the U.S., including the entire South Carolina coast:

AT 5 PM EDT…2100 UTC…A HURRICANE WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE
U.S. EAST COAST NORTH OF ALTAMAHA SOUND GEORGIA TO CAPE FEAR NORTH
CAROLINA.

Waiting for the new graphics to come in…

Update: Graphics are in. Landfall just north of the peninsula at 2pm Thursday afternoon. Also note the hurricane watch. It’ll strike at high tide but with the current trend just to the right of Charleston, the peninsula may be spared the worst of the surge.

5pm Ernesto advisory.  Courtesy NOAA

Ernesto is still a 45 MPH storm, and is very close to making its first U.S. landfall at the southern tip of Florida and the Keys.

Update 2: Ernesto is likely to have 70 MPH winds as it makes landfall — very close to hurricane strength. This is a bit up from earlier, but we’ll see what happens as it goes over Florida. Personally I’m not so sure it’s going to make it off Florida’s coast with tropical storm force winds…but you never know with these things. Remember, I’m no expert, just an avid weather watcher. :)