(September 5, 10:45 a.m. GMT+1) -- Tropical Storm Hanna is continuing to gather speed as it nears the US coast. Hanna is now expected to take a northerly direction and much of the east coast could be hit with heavy rain over the weekend. A hurricane watch remains in place in parts of North Carolina and South Carolina. A Tropical storm watch is still in place across parts of Georgia, Virginia and it has been extended northwards to parts of New Jersey. (12:16 p.m.) -- After spending the last day or so hovering over the Bahamas and drenching its islands -- as well as nearby Haiti and the Turks and Caicos -- with rain, Tropical Storm Hanna is continuing on a path toward the southeast coast of the United States.
The storm is currently clocking wind speeds of 65 miles per hour, and, according to the National Hurricane Center, could become a hurricane on Friday before making landfall. Hurricane and storm watches and warnings are currently in effect for areas of the Bahamas, North Carolina and Georgia.
Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have altered itineraries over the last few days to avoid this storm; we'll keep you posted on any future changes.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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