Eye on the Tropics – Monday, August 17, 2009
Tropical Storm Claudette
Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall early Monday morning near Fort Walton Beach, Florida. It was located near 30.9 north and 87.0 west or about 40 miles northwest of Fort Walton Beach.
Claudette has sustained winds of 40 mph and is heading northwest at 12 mph. Estimated central pressure is 1006 millibars or 29.71 inches.
Claudette will continue to weaken over land on Monday as it moves into the Deep South. Flooding rain will still be likely along the path of Claudette across the Deep South into Monday night. A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Destin eastward to Indian Pass along the Florida Panhandle coast.
Hurricane Bill (Category 1)
Hurricane Bill has strengthened to become the first hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season.
At 5:00 am EDT, Bill was located near 13.8 north and 44.0 west or about 1,160 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It is heading west – northwest at 22 mph with maximum sustained winds are now 75 mph.
Hurricane Bill’s minimum central pressure is 987 millibars or 29.15 inches.
Forecasts project Bill to strengthen into a major hurricane later this week. Some models have Bill turning more northward staying away from the U.S. while a couple have Bill potentially impacting the U.S. coast by the weekend.
Tropical Depression Ana
TD Ana has winds around 35 mph. It is located near 16.6 north and 63.9 west or about 95 miles southeast of St. Croix in the U.X. Virgin Islands. Ana is tracking west – northwest at 28 mph.
Depending on how far south Ana stays from Puerto Rico, it could strengthen back to a tropical storm sometime during the day.
At 5 a.m. EDT Monday, the tropical storm watch has been discontinued for Antigua, Barbuda and Montserrat.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy and the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Cabo Beata.