August 17, 2009

Three Sizable Tropical Systems

It was a busy weekend weather-wise in the Atlantic. After a quiet start to the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, three tropical storms formed within two days.

Tropical Storms Ana and Bill formed within hours of each other Saturday over the open Atlantic.

Ana, which weakened to a tropical depression Sunday, pressed towards the northeastern Caribbean and will threaten Puerto Rico and Hispaniola over the next few days.

Meanwhile, Bill followed on Ana's heels across the Atlantic. Bill became the first named hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season early this morning and will continue to strengthen over the next few days.

On Sunday morning, Tropical Depression Four formed in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and was quickly upgraded to become Tropical Storm Claudette by the afternoon.

Claudette hit the Gulf Coast with heavy rainfall and gusty winds but will weaken quickly as it moves inland over Alabama today.

Story by Meteorologist Katie Storbeck.

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