What Are Some Facts About Hurricane Hanna?


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Hurricane Hanna occurred in 2008 during the Atlantic hurricane season. It touched land at Myrtle Beach, S.C., and traveled up the east coast. Its strength weakened during this time, and the hurricane was downgraded to an extratropical cyclone when it reached New England. More than 537 people died, most in the Gonaïves area, as a result of heavy rainfall and flooding brought about by the hurricane.

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Hurricane Hanna began in late August 2008 as a tropical storm located to the east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and moved westward from there across the Atlantic Ocean. It grew rapidly and was named Hanna by the National Hurricane Center on Aug. 28.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Gustav was commencing nearby. Initial forecasts predicted that Gustav would weaken Hanna, but Hanna suddenly took a sharp southerly turn off its predicted course on Aug. 30 due to the influence of Hurricane Gustav's large circulation. Convection increased, and the storm began to intensify on Sept. 1. The National Hurricane Center officially upgraded Hanna to hurricane status on the afternoon of Sept. 1 when an Air Force reconnaissance aircraft found hurricane-strength winds within Hanna's sphere. Hurricane Hanna was determined to be the deadliest storm of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.

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