TROPICAL STORM HANNA MAY BE INTENSIFYING BACK INTO A HURRICANE… THE CURRENT TRACK TAKES IT RIGHT OVER HAMPTON ROADS… WILL THAT CHANGE AND HOW STRONG WILL IT BECOME?

Residents from GA to ME need to pay close attention of the track of what soon should be Hurricane Hanna. The track has been slowly shifting eastward which could make things quite interesting for Hampton Roads. Intensity forecasts are not very dependable and the forecast track of this storm is not set in stone. Unlike when Hurricane Isabel was approaching the NC coast, the weather pattern is quite complicated this time around. Why? First of all, there is a slowly departing large upper-level low pressure area off the New England coast. There is also a small upper-level low to the east of Hanna. High pressure is supposed to build in to the north of the cyclone and this should steer it towards the NW. It should also help to cut down on the shear which has been tearing the storm apart the past few days. Water temperatures are plenty warm enough to support some intensification. But how strong can the storm become? It’s hard to say. The forecast track takes it through our region early Saturday. Tropical storm force winds are possible along with very heavy rainfall. The only good news is that we do need the rain desperately. After Hanna moves by, we then have to watch where Ike is going to go. Please monitor your local media.

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