Hanna headed for the southeast, much of Georgia to be spared

With only 1 to 2 inches of rain expected along the Georgia coast as Tropical Storm Hanna approaches, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency has deactivated its State Operations Center.

GEMA activated the center Tuesday when the forecast track still threatened coastal Georgia but since Hanna appears to be headed farther north the center closed Thursday night at 7 p.m.

As of the 5 a.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Hanna is about 430 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina. Slight strengthening is expected and Hanna could become a hurricane before landfall early Saturday.

The current forecast track takes the storm to the northern coast of South Carolina and then it will skirt the eastern seaboard this weekend. Rainfall totals of 4 to 6 inches are possible from South Carolina to coastal Virginia.

But Hurricane Ike is now packing winds of 125 miles per hour making it a dangerous Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The current track takes it into south Florida near Miami on Wednesday morning.