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September 1st, 2008
04:51 PM ET

Second hurricane approaching US coast

[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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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Sara B

    Ask people to leave their homes? I know it may be crazy, but no matter how hard it may be some times in areas like these, people cant leave. It would be asking them to possibly leave behind everything theyve ever known.

    September 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  2. Rethea Boatwright

    I live in lower Alabama and have watched CNN for days following Gustav info. Great job. Question I have is why doesn't the goverment declare some of New Orleans a diseaster area and pay the people to move somewhere else, rather than spend BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars to try and fix a problem than will not work for ever. The goverment takes homeowners land and homes when they need a new road made and it is a done deal. Just spend the money to relocate people (some have never returned anyway) Spend the billions on medical care and education. Just a thought.

    September 1, 2008 at 5:09 pm |