Hanna forces Florida into another state of emergency

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has issued a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Hanna looms.

Hanna is the third storm to threaten Florida in three weeks, and the fourth hurricane of the season. It was forecast to move into the southeastern and central Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hanna was a hurricane Monday, but had weakened back to a tropical storm Tuesday.

Crist says Florida should be ready for flash floods and winds up to 111 mph.

However, there is no certainty Hanna will hit Florida. Current forecasts show it could also make landfall in coastal Georgia, the Carolinas or elsewhere.

The emergency declaration allows the state to more easily mobilize employees, law enforcement personnel and other resources.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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