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TS Claudette makes landfall; Bill becomes hurricane [August 17]

Eye on the Tropics – Monday, August 17, 2009

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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.

[More on Ana, Bill and Claudette]

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Tropical Storm Claudette and updates on TD Ana and TS Bill

Tropical Storm Claudette

TD 4 intensified Sunday into Tropical Storm Claudette.  It is located around 40 miles South – Southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.  Maximum sustained winds remain at 50 mph with higher gusts.  Claudette is moving to the  Northwest at 14 mph. 

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect from the Alabama / Florida border eastward to the Suwannee River in Florida.

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Tropical Storm Bill

Bill is now projected to possibly become the season’s first major hurricane later this week.  Projections also now indicate a more northerly track and a possible movement away from the U.S. coastline.

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Tropical Depression Ana

Ana weakened into a tropical depression on Sunday as it moved closer to the Caribbean Islands. 

From AccuWeather:

At 5 p.m. EDT Sunday, a tropical storm watch is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to Cabo Beata.

A tropical Storm watch remains in effect for Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin islands, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, Guadeloupe and St. Barthelemy.

Ana will skirt the islands of the northern Caribbean early this week, bringing squally weather to those countries. There is still some uncertainty in whether or not Ana will be able re-strengthen before potentially impacting Florida as early as Thursday

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For spaghetti models – see post from earlier today.

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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[More on Ana, Bill and TD4]