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Tropical Storm Hanna Forms Near Central America Coast

The former Tropical Depression 9 that moved off the coast of Mexico last Friday has redeveloped and was moving inland over Central America on Monday as Tropical Storm Hanna.

Since last week, there has been concern by meteorologists for the risk of Tropical Depression 9 to reorganize.

Hanna has formed in warm waters of the western Caribbean, right along the coast of Nicaragua and will generally drift to the west-southwest over the next couple of days.

According to Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "A large area of high pressure to the north will expand southward and force Hanna inland."

Interaction with land will cause the system to weaken.

Hanna will unload locally drenching rain and gusty thunderstorms in Nicaragua and Honduras with the potential for flash flooding and mudslides.

Several inches of rain can fall in the general area with gusts to 50 mph possible along the coast.

Communities along the coast of Nicaragua and northeastern Honduras should be prepared for wind gusts strong enough to down trees and power lines and cause minor property damage.

Due to building seas and strong winds small craft in the area should remain in port into Monday night. Cruise interests should steer clear of the region until the system moves inland and weakens by Tuesday.

The high pressure system to the north will prevent Hanna from moving northward into the Gulf of Mexico and approaching coastal areas of the United States.

Hanna is the eight named system in the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.