T.D. Four closing in on Florida Panhandle

| August 16, 2009

T.D. Four closing in on Florida Panhandle
Chris Dolce, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Aug. 16, 2009 11:07 am ET


Tropical Depression 4 (35 mile per hour winds) developed from an area of low pressure off of Florida's West Coast early this morning. As of 11 a.m. Sunday morning, T.D. 4 was located about 75 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola, Florida.

The system is forecast to become a tropical storm later today (at which time it would become Tropical Storm Claudette), and make landfall late this afternoon or this evening.

Tropical storm warnings extend from the Alabama/Florida border eastward to the Suwannee River, Florida. This means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in this area within the next 24 hours.

Heavy rain may trigger some flash flooding. Three to five inches are possible in the Florida Panhandle and adjacent portions of southern Alabama. Locally heavier amounts are possible especially right near where the center of circulation tracks.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, there are two other tropical storms: Ana and Bill.

Tropical Storm Ana (40 mile per hour winds) and is located 430 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands.

Tropical storm watches are in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the rest of the northern Leeward Islands. This means tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area within 36 hours. Ana is forecast to slightly strengthen as it heads toward the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and then toward Hispaniola. The mountainous terrain of the Greater Antilles (Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and Cuba) are expected to weaken Ana's circulation as it passes by around midweek. Regardless, these areas need to monitor the progress of Tropical Storms Ana closely.

Tropical Storm Bill became the 2nd named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on Saturday, forming in the Eastern Atlantic east of Tropical Storm Ana. Bill is currently located about 1555 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, and has top sustained winds near 60 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Bill is forecast to move west-northwest through the open tropical Atlantic over the next few days, steadily gaining strength and latitude while heading north of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. If fact, Bill may be a major hurricane by midweek.


Guillermo rapidly strengthened overnight Friday night into early Saturday and became a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph near the center of circulation. Guillermo has now weakened some back to a Category 2 with 100 mph top winds.

It is located 1065 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, while continuing to move west-northwest.

Environmental conditions are forecast to become less favorable over the next couple of days, and therefore it should soon begin a weakening trend.

Guillermo is not expected to threaten any land.

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