September 5th, 2008
04:37 PM ET

Waiting for Hanna

David Mattingly | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

For the last several days I have been hearing Tropical Storm Hanna described as "disorganized" and "poorly shaped". This kind of unflattering talk has apparently made Hanna mad.

This storm is getting it's act together just in time to hit the northern South Carolina coast tonight. I am in Myrtle Beach where we've been told to not be surprised to see Hanna become a hurricane just as it arrives late tonight.

A lesson from the recent past should tell us not to take Tropical Storm Hanna lightly. If predictions are correct and it upgrades to a Cat 1 hurricane before landfall, don't make the mistake of calling it a "minimal" hurricane.

The last time I was reporting live from a Cat 1 Hurricane I was knocked off the air by torrential rains. I remarked later (after we re-established a signal) that it was pouring so hard I would choke on the blowing rain as I tried to breathe.

That happened three years ago in Hollywood, Florida and the storm was called "Katrina". That "minimal" Cat 1 left behind widespread flooding in Florida before moving on to terrorize the Gulf Coast.

Hanna is expected to go north and diminish as it goes up the eastern seaboard. But all hurricanes deserve respect. Here's hoping Hanna remains "just" a tropical storm.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Michael, NC

    I just got back from Northern Myrtle about an hour ago, got some AMAZING video of the horizontal rain and the winds...seemed to be upwards of 50 miles an hour last night where I was on the coast. Rain was coming down so hard it felt like little needles in my short sleeve, and I lost my hat AND raincoat!!! If it was that intense up here, it must have been insane another 20 miles due south where you were at! I was glad for the opportunity to see some of what these storms can do after seeing Gustav all over the news.

    Happy you and your crew are all ok, too bad we didn't get to see your piece. You are a great reporter.

    September 6, 2008 at 11:12 am |
  2. Trudy in Peoria

    Notice how the "girl" hurricanes have been wandering and indecisive in their tracks this year, like Hannah, Josephine, and Fay? An interesting coincidence, but you can see the humor in the metaphor.

    September 5, 2008 at 9:57 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I hope Hanna doesn't cause wide-spread flooding in NC and SC like a hurricane did a few years ago. Picture the Midwest earlier this year and that was about the same level of flooding NC and SC got from a fairly "mild" hurricane.

    Stay safe David as you report and keep away from streams that could have a sudden rise in water level and cut you off.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 5, 2008 at 9:00 pm |
  4. Marcy

    i'm just impressed about hanna's boot. Have you guys seen the track and if you look at it she has formed a boot. A girl with her own accessories, what more could you ask for.


    September 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar

    Hi David Mattingly,
    I hope they will safe in the shelters to keep out of harm's way.... my heart goes to South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alamba States. I hope you will stay safe durning topical storm Hanna.... That will be not bad at all. I watched on CNN TV Monday morning and all day. I am enjoying watching topical storm and Hurricane.....
    Please stay safe!!
    Megan D.
    Shoreline, WA

    September 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm |