[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/weather/09/01/hanna.storm.ap/art.hanna.ap.jpg caption="As the US deals with Hurricane Gustav, left, forecasters warn that Hurricane Hanna could hit the US coast next week."]
Hurricane Hanna formed Monday, bringing fierce winds and battering waves to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Forecasters warned it could hit the U.S. coast by midweek.
"The storm's on top of us right now, and it's blowing really hard," said Miguel Campbell, a mechanic with the Bahamas Electricity Corp. on the island of Mayaguana, the easternmost in the Bahamas, where some 300 people were hunkered down at home or in a government shelter.
In the nearby Turks and Caicos, wind and rain forced the closure of the airport and schools and cleared the streets.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.
Hanna is the eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and comes on the heels of Gustav, which was battering the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday.
An eventual strike on the U.S. mainland was in the forecast for Hanna.
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