Hurricane Season Gets Started – Ana, Bill and TD4

The 2009 Hurricane season was very quiet until late in the week as 3 systems formed – 2 in the Atlantic and 1 in the Gulf of Mexico.  The first storm of the hurricane season typically forms around the middle of August so there really are no surprises this year.   Remember, in 1992, Hurricane Andrew formed on August 16th

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Tropical Storm Ana

TS Ana, the first named storm of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane season is trekking toward the Caribbean.  Most of the computer models have Ana crossing many of the larger islands in the Caribbean and eventually staying south of Florida as it heads into the Gulf of Mexico. 

By the time Ana gets to Cuba and Florida, it is projected to have weakened to a Tropical Depression. 

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Tropical Storm Ana - Spaghetti Model

Tropical Storm Ana - Spaghetti Model

Tropical Storm Bill

Most computer models indicate that Tropical Storm Bill  will develop into a  hurricane by the middle of the week eventually strengthening into a Category 2 or 3 storm.  Bill is also projected to move north of Ana possibly impacting the U.S. coast by next weekend. 

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Tropical Storm Bill - Spaghetti Model

Tropical Storm Bill - Spaghetti Model

 Tropical Depression 4

TD 4 is currently located in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Florida.  South Florida felt the impact of the storm yesterday with heavy rains throughout the day.  It is expected to make landfall in Florida somewhere between Apalachicola and Panama City this evening probably as Tropical Storm Claudette.

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4 responses to “Hurricane Season Gets Started – Ana, Bill and TD4

  1. Good luck.. be thinking about you…

  2. Thanks, Annette. I think we’ll be fine for these. Ana is now looking like it will stay south of Florida and has weakened even before crossing the Caribbean Islands. I suspect that it could dissipate in a couple of days. Bill is already shifting more north. I’m watching the mass of storms currently over Africa.

  3. I love this website! It has the most information about each of the storms. This is especially important for those of us living on the Gulf Coast. Thank you!!

  4. Thank you Sara. I try to include the information that I would like to see when tracking a storm.