Tropical Storm Hanna is racing northward after raking the Carolina coast overnight, soaking eastern North Carolina but sparing all but the eastern fringes of the Charlotte region.
And even there, effects were minimal. Up to 3 inches of rain has fallen in far eastern Union County, and eastern Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties got some rain, too. But nothing fell west of Interstate 77, and any rain should be long gone by later this morning as Hanna bolts up the Atlantic coast, said Rodney Hinson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.
"The rain's already ending, really," Hinson said.
Hanna's center is just north of Fayetteville and is expected to reach the Virginia line by early afternoon. It never reached hurricane strength, but it continues to pack maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
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