As emergency management officials scrambled to deal with Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana on Monday, they kept an eye out for two other potential threats in the Atlantic Ocean.
Tropical Storm Hanna became Hurricane Hanna as it lashed the Bahamas on Monday, and Tropical Storm Ike formed about 1,400 miles east of the Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center said.
Hanna was mostly stationary Monday, stalled over the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph, and was expected to remain that way today. Florida officials say residents should keep a close eye on Hanna. Much of peninsular Florida is in the Hurricane Center's cone of uncertainty, which extends to Georgia, South Carolina and parts of North Carolina. Bottom line: It's unclear where or if Hanna will strike land, but the Tampa Bay area does not appear to be in grave danger.
Ike was moving west at 16 miles per hour on a course toward the Bahamas and is expected to become a hurricane tonight.
Hurricane officials were also keeping their eyes on a tropical wave near Cape Verde that continues to show signs of organization and could become a tropical depression today.