Update: Tropical Storm Hanna Drenches Bahamas

September 3, 2008

Update, 1 p.m. EDT: Hanna is getting larger, but not stronger, as it moves northward at a clip of 6 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hanna could regain hurricane status tomorrow or on Friday.

At this point, forecasters expect Hanna to pass near Florida's east coast on Friday and make landfall in South Carolina on Saturday morning. Weekend departures could be affected; we'll keep you posted.

(September 2, 4 p.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Hanna is currently soaking the Bahamas after causing severe flooding in Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico and cutting power on the islands of Turks and Caicos.

Hurricane and tropical storm warnings are currently in effect for the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic and Haiti. Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have all altered itineraries due to this storm's path (click here for the latest).

The storm, which reached hurricane status yesterday but weakened back to a tropical storm, is currently packing winds around 70 miles per hour; some strengthening is possible tomorrow and Thursday.

According to forecasters, Hanna could come ashore in the United States -- either in Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas -- by the end of the week. Hanna is the third storm to threaten Florida in three weeks.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor

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