Hurricane Hanna whips up waves in New York area and may soak city by end of week
Hurricane Hanna is already whipping up waves at area beaches and could pelt New York with heavy rain and strong winds by the end of the week.
The hurricane, currently in the Caribbean, could make landfall in Georgia by the end of the week, and then quickly head inland toward the Northeast. While it will lose strength during its northerly march, it could bring as much as two inches of rain and gusty winds to New York City later Friday and Saturday, according to the latest projections from meteorologists.
The path, speed and strength of the storm will determine just how much rain New York City will see, and it is too soon to tell exactly how much the storm will impact the area, the National Weather Service in Upton said.
Theres a lot of uncertainty right now, said John Murray, a meteorologist with the weather service.
The city is forecast to have a chance of showers beginning Friday night. On Saturday, the city has a 60 percent chance of rain with the possibility of thunderstorms.
Although its thousands of miles away, Hanna, which was upgraded to a Category One hurricane yesterday afternoon, is already affecting area beaches.
Large waves from the hurricane flooded and temporarily closed Robert Moses and Jones beaches yesterday, the Associated Press reported.
City beaches were less affected, but lifeguards kept swimmers in shallow waters after the National Weather Service said there was a moderate rip current risk, a city parks department spokesman said.
Hanna lashed parts of the Bahamas yesterday, and forecasters predicted it could hit the United States coastline, most likely in Georgia, but its still possible the storm could strike anywhere between Miami and North Carolina, the Associated Press said.
-- Marlene Naanes