Image by National Weather ServiceImage by 20080831hanah.jpg Hanna's final destination all depends on when its allowed to move north.
Update September 1: We've updated our story. Go here for the latest.
Update 7 p.m.: The evening update from NOAA focuses the "cone of uncertainty" smack dab on Hanna hitting Savannah Friday afternoon, but this will almost certainly change.
But it's good reason to stay tuned.
Original story: After floating around the Atlantic for several days, and likely several more, Hanna is expected to find conditions that allow it to move northwest and strengthen into a hurricane.
The National Weather Service has this to say about where the storm might go:
The key to the forecast track at those forecast times will be just how far south and west hanna moves before it begins to move northwestward. Most of the model guidance keeps hanna over or just east of the Bahamas.
Read more stories on this subject in our tropical system topic page.There's also some questions about the inner-workings of the storm and how much the storm might strengthen. While the storm could rapidly strengthen once it starts moving north, the National Weather Service wonders:
The intensity forecast has been held below all of the available model guidance due to the uncertainty of what the exact structure of hanna will be after the upcoming strong shear pattern abates in around 72 hours.
So, still lots of ifs and buts in the forecast. But at least we don't have Gustav pointing our way.