Hanna Drenches Eastern US

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Hanna continues to race up the Eastern Seaboard, dumping huge amounts of rain.

As of 8 p.m. Eastern time, the center was near Atlantic City, New Jersey. It's moving toward New York City at about 28 miles-an-hour, which should put it over southern New England Sunday morning and the Canadian Maritimes by Sunday afternoon.

The National Hurricane Center says Hanna's top winds have picked up a bit in the last few hours, now are now clocked at about 55 miles-an-hour.

After drenching the Carolinas and Virginia earlier in the day, it's expected to generate 3 to 6 inches of rainfall for the northern mid-Atlantic states northeastward through New England. Forecasters say some places could get up to 8 inches. Flash flood alerts are in effect.

At least one traffic fatality in Maryland is blamed on the storm, but during its earlier march through the Caribbean, Hanna killed more than 160 people in Haiti.

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