The Associated Press is reporting that officials in some southeastern states are advising their coastal residents to head inland as Tropical Storm Hanna heads toward shore. Storm trackers are adjusting Hanna's expected path, which earlier included Western New York on its rainy fringe, to a more easterly course, but it could still soak the seaboard all the way to Maine.
This is wet news for all our friends and family members now living in the Carolinas, but it could be a drop in the bucket compared with the next act: Hurricane Ike is building strength in the Atlantic and is already classified as a category 4 storm.
Forecasters say it is still too early to predict when or where Ike will make landfall. They can only hope that, like Gustav, it wears itself out a little before it arrives.