The Atlantic resembles a conveyor belt with three storms lined up and slowly moving westward.
Tropical Storm Hanna continued its erratic motion off the north coast of Haiti near the Turks and Caicos on a track that should take it over the Bahamas later today or tomorrow. Hanna could make U.S. landfall as a Category 1 hurricane somewhere between Florida and North Carolina by Friday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Heavy rain from Hanna's outer bands continued to fall relentlessly over Haiti's north coast, a region still recovering from drenchings by Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Fay. Floods and mudslides from the three storms have killed more than 100 people in Haiti and one person in Puerto Rico, according to published reports.
Damage appears minimal at this point in the southern Bahamas -- primarily downed power lines and trees, according to the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency. The airports remain open in Nassau and Freeport.
The Turks and Caicos reported nonstop rain and loss of power on some islands including Providenciales, according to Galmo Williams, minister of home affairs and public safety. The airports remain closed.
Ritz-Carlton's West Caicos development, scheduled to open late this year, sustained no damage, according to a spokesman.
Beaches Turks and Caicos has full power, and guests who hunkered down to wait out the storm got two free nights on Monday and Tuesday, according to Kevin Froemming, president of Unique Vacations, worldwide representatives for Beaches Resorts. Travelers still experiencing delays on Wednesday could extend their stay at a discounted rate of $350 per room, per night. Guests also can get a free "Rainy Night on Us" certificate, valid for a year from the original date of travel.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ike was forecasted to cross into the Caribbean as a hurricane sometime this weekend. Its current path could take it exactly where Hanna is lurking, near the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.
Behind Ike is Josephine, still off Africa's west coast but on the move. Josephine could become a hurricane by Thursday but far from land.
Back in New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin reported that residents can begin to return on Thursday, but warned that electricity could be out for days.