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TROPICAL DEPRESSION HANNA NEAR ALABAMA-GEORGIA BORDER AND
ACCELERATING NORTHEASTWARD;
TROPICAL DEPRESSION TEN MOVING QUICKLY OVER THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN

NOAA satellite image of tropical depression Hanna taken at 12:15 p.m. EDT on Sept. 15, 2002.September 15, 2002 — At 11 a.m. EDT, the poorly defined center of tropical depression Hanna was located near latitude 33.8 north, longitude 85.0 west or about 30 miles west-northwest of Atlanta, Ga. The depression is moving toward the north-northeast near 25 mph, and this motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours. A gradual increase in forward speed is anticipated, according to NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. (Click NOAA satellite image for larger view of tropical depression Hanna taken at 12:15 p.m. EDT on Sept. 15, 2002. Click here to see latest view. Please credit “NOAA.”)

Winds are very light near the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1016 mb, 30.05 inches.

The threat for flash flooding has diminished since the system has weakened and is beginning to accelerate northeastward. Additional rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with isolated higher amounts, can be expected across interior portions of the
Carolinas northward to central and western Virginia.

A flood watch is in effect Sunday for central North Carolina until 5 p.m. EDT. A flood watch is in effect Sunday for the counties of western North Carolina, western South Carolina and part of northeast Georgia.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by NOAA National Weather Service local forecast offices.

24 hour precipitation ending at 7 a.m. EDT

Donalsonville, Ga.– 14.59
Blakely, Ga.– 7.25
Newton, Ga. – 6.00
Albany, Ga.– 3.08

Chipley, Fla. – 8.10
Marianna, Fla. – 5.05

TROPICAL DEPRESSION TEN MOVING QUICKLY OVER THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN

At 11 a.m. EDT, the center of tropical depression ten was located near latitude 11.5 north, longitude 67.2 west or about 85 miles east-southeast of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue Sunday and Sunday night. On this track the depression will be passing near or over the islands of Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba later Sunday and Sunday evening. Brief wind gusts to tropical storm force in squalls are possible over these islands later Sunday and Sunday night, according to the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. An Air Force “hurricane hunter” plane is en route to investigate the depression and should give a better estimate of the strength of the system. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb, 29.80 inches.

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NOAA tracking map of tropical depression ten.

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