TROPICAL STORM HANNA ACCELERATES NORTHEAST AWAY FROM HAMPTON ROADS… CONDITIONS WILL IMPROVE SATURDAY EVENING… SUNDAY LOOKS MUCH BETTER… HURRICANE IKE’S TRACK IS UNCERTAIN

Well, Hanna behaved herself for the most part and did not intensify too much as she made landfall in SC. However, she did come ashore as a strong tropical storm. At the time of this writing, she is now moving NE away from Hampton Roads. Wind gusts to around 60 MPH have been reported at the Oceanfront in VA Beach. The rain is just about over and my storm total (including Friday’s rain) is 1.40 inches. Note that a dry slot has held down overall rainfall totals across the eastern portion of the region. The good news about this system is that it brought much needed rainfall to Hampton Roads. Yesterday (Friday), I picked up about a half inch as the tropical air ahead of Hanna surged into the region. Speaking of tropical air, the dew point last evening rose to an incredible 79 degrees. That’s about as humid as it can get in this part of the country. As Hanna moves quickly away later on Saturday, conditions will improve as our winds swing around from the SE to the SW and then the west. Sunday looks to be a nice day. Hurricane Ike is our next weather story but the latest guidance has it moving towards the Florida Straits or into Cuba. If it moves into Cuba, should weaken the storm. It has been moving on a W-SW track the last few days which is definitely good news for the SE Coast. I’ll have an update on Sunday.

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