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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 09/ 1/2008

Gustav Ashore, Hanna a Hurricane

By Jason Samenow

Satellite image of Gustav (west) and Hanna (east). Courtesy NASA.

Gustav Monitoring: Satellite Loop | Radar Loop | Interactive Tracking Map | Live Storm Chasing | Streaming Local News from New Orleans | New Orleans Damage Reports | New Orleans Times-Picayune blog | Eyewitness photos and videos | Capital Weather Gang Tropical Storm Coverage Archive | Washington Post Gustav Live Updates.

Capital Weather Gang Live Chat Transcript.

4 p.m. update: Gustav is down to Category 1 intensity while moving steadily towards western Louisiana. Baton Rouge has been catching it with sustained winds of over 50 mph and a reported gust to 90! Rainfall amounts in southeast Louisiana have generally been about 2-5 inches so far with isolated higher amounts.

Our next update which will include new information on Hurricane Hanna will be up around 5:30 or so.

2 p.m. update: Hanna has continued to intensify and is now the 4th hurricane of the 2008 season. Hurricane warnings have been posted for the central and southeast Bahamas.

Keep reading for updates from earlier in the day. See our full forecast for local Washington, D.C. weather.

From earlier: Hurricane Gustav officially made landfall at 11 a.m. in as a strong Category 2 hurricane near Cocodrie, La. with 110 winds, on the west side of Terrebonne Bay. According to CNN, the storm surge has reached 10 feet at Shell Beach south of New Orleans. The toll of the rising seas and the fate of the levees on New Orleans' West Bank won't be known until tonight or tomorrow. Some of the levees in the lower 9th Ward and the Industrial Canal have already been overtopped.

Additional impacts from Gustav will be tornadoes mainly east of the storm center (into eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the panhandle of Florida) and flooding rain for much of Louisiana into extreme eastern Texas, with upwards of a foot possible.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Hanna is likely to make landfall in the southeast U.S. by Friday. As of the 11 a.m. update, it has intensified into a strong tropical storm with maximum winds of 60 mph. Strengthening to hurricane intensity is likely in the next day or two. This storm may impact the metro area late Friday into Saturday with wind and rain. In the next day or two, much of our tropical coverage will begin shifting to a focus on Hanna.

As if the tropics weren't active enough, a new tropical depression formed in the tropical Atlantic as of 11 a.m. This storm is also forecast to become a hurricane over the next several days and should track just north of due west to a position due east of the Bahamas by the weekend.

By Jason Samenow  | September 1, 2008; 4:00 PM ET
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The HPC already is forecasting 5-6" of rain for our area from Hanna.

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | September 1, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The levees were topped in the upper ninth ward, not the lower.

Posted by: Jamming | September 1, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

We're going to New Market on Sun. to watch the VMI cadets take their new cadet oath. Is it likely Hanna will have an impact on the Valley that day or should effects have moved out by then?

Posted by: dk in Mt. Vernon/Alex | September 1, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Tropical Storm Hanna is in fact Hurricane Hanna per the 2pm update.


Posted by: Jamie Jones, Capital Weather Gang | September 1, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, kids!

As of 1 pm, we are now in Hurricane Hanna's cone of uncertainty.

Posted by: Havoc | September 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Looks as though Hanna makes landfall near Myrtle Beach, SC then moves inland. The drama starts late this week.

TV weather today has been "degraded" by telethons, golf tournaments, etc. First, Tom Skilling was pre-empted by Jerry Lewis' event; now, Channel 4 has been "nixed" by someone's golf tournament. Ch. 9 had a brief noon news report but otherwise it has been all tennis. Nothing for us weather people. Even TWC's extended outlook on the "twenties" was nixed for hurricane reporting this morning. Guess it's not too important whether we're going to get a weekend drenching from Gustav, Hanna, etc... Fortunately the upcoming weekend isn't a big dance weekend though I could have a Buddhist meeting either Sat. or Sun.

Current, 88F, 30.19,falling, clr.

Posted by: El Bombo | September 1, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I just saw a Univision reporter standing on the other side of a levy/wall in greater than ankle-deep water as waves regularly lapped over it. That was kind of foolish. "Primer Impacto" indeed.

Channel 7 (and even 5) is also giving hurricane coverage.

Posted by: Murre | September 1, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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