Tropical Storm Hanna may well determine your weekend plans
The Long Island Express of 1938 batters the city. Hanna is expected to be "disruptive," but not nearly as bad.
Batten down the hatchestheres a squall heading this way.
Tropical Storm Hanna pounded Haiti yesterday and is expected to zero in on the Carolinas by the end of the week, and may hit or skirt New York City on Saturday.
It looks like its coming right through you, said Andrew Uhlrich, a meteorologist at Accuweather.com. Id say it probably wont be catastrophic, but it will be disruptive.
The latest National Hurricane Center projection Wednesday evening had the storm passing just off eastern Long Island before striking southern New England. But its still too early for forecasters to determine a firm track.
Uhlrich said that if the storm moves east, it could drop several inches of rain on the region. If it shifts to the west, weekend weather would be drier, but New Yorkers can still expect gale-force winds.
A spokesman for the citys Office of Emergency Management said that the agency was tracking the tropical storm closely and declined to discuss what kinds of preparations are under way.
The agency Thursday kicks off National Preparedness Month, and volunteers will be handing out Go Bags at site around the city.
Hanna is being closely followed by two other tropical systems, Ike and Josephine. Ulrich said it is too early to tell where Ike will strike, and added that Josephine was unlikely to hit land at all.
-- David Freedlander