Hurricanes line up to head for the U.S.

| 9/3/2008

As the remnants of hurricane Gustav continue to drench parts of the U.S., several other storms are lining up to take their shot.

The Associate Press reported that tropical storm Hanna drenched flood-plagued Haiti and caused 26 deaths on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Hanna was heading toward the Bahamas and was expected to turn toward the east coast of Florida, Georgia or South Carolina in the next few days.

The storm is forecast to gain hurricane strength by the time it makes possible landfall in South Carolina Saturday morning.

Tropical storm Ike could be a Category 3 hurricane by the end of the weekend, with winds of 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center has said. Forecasts have Ike heading steadily west on a track that could take it between Cuba and the Florida Keys early next week.

And even farther beyond Ike, tropical storm Josephine is brewing in the middle of the Atlantic. It is not expected to be anywhere near land until late next week, assuming it hasn’t dissipated by then.

Meanwhile, back in the U.S., the cleanup from Gustav was under way. So far, eight deaths in the U.S. have been blamed on Gustav. President Bush declared 34 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes federal disaster areas.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Wednesday, Sept. 3, that Hurricane Gustav evacuees who and returned early to the Crescent City would be allowed to enter.

Flood warnings and watches were still in effect Wednesday for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.