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.
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.
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.
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.