Ana dissipates but Bill will intensify

| August 17, 2009

Tom Moore, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Aug. 17, 2009 5:10 pm ET

ATLANTIC

Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall as a 50 mile per hour tropical storm around 12:10 a.m. Central time near the east end of Santa Rosa Island, Florida, just to the southeast of Fort Walton Beach.

As of 8 a.m. Monday morning (Central time), the final advisory was issued on Claudette by the National Hurricane Center.

Scattered areas of locally heavy rain are expected to continue while spreading northward, especially near coastal locations. Some localized flash flooding may develop if any leftover bands persist over one area too long. Over four inches of rain have been reported in the western Florida Panhandle.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Ana has dissipated and is no longer a tropical depression and Hurricane Bill may become the first major hurricane of the Atlantic tropical season.

Bill reached hurricane strength Monday morning in the Central Atlantic, and is now located about 975 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Bill has strengthened and maximum sustained winds are now at 90 mph. There is a chance that Bill could go through rapid intensification in the next 24 to 30 hours. Bill is forecast to become a major hurricane (category three or higher) in about 36 hours.

The forecast is for Bill to move west-northwest through the open tropical Atlantic over the next few days. The current forecast track calls for Bill to miss the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico to the north. Even with Bill missing the islands to the north, rough surf and dangerous rip currents will be possible along the beaches of these islands in the coming days.

Residents and visitors of Bermuda should also monitor the progress of Hurricane Bill very closely. The hurricane has the potential to bring impacts to the island by this weekend.

There's a good chance that rough surf may also impact the East Coast of the United States this weekend and early next week if Bill follows its current forecast path.

Tropical Depression Ana lost its circulation south of Puerto Rico and is no longer a tropical cyclone.

Two to four inches of rain are possible with up to six inches in the mountains of the Dominican Republic from the remnants of Ana, however.

CENTRAL PACIFIC

Tropical Storm Guillermo continues to weaken, top sustained winds are 50 mph.

It is located 615 miles east-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, while continuing to move west-northwest.

The tropical storm is forecast to become a remnant low north of the Hawaiian Islands later this week.
 

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