August 15, 2009

Two tropical storms loom in Atlantic

Ana, the first tropical storm of the 2009 hurricane season, formed early Saturday morning, while a strengthening depression just behind it turned into Tropical Storm Bill by 5 p.m.

South Florida sits in the middle of the National Hurricane Center's initial forecast tracks for Ana and Bill, but with both systems more than 2,000 miles and five or more days away, they could go anywhere from Cuba to South Carolina. Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center said: “We want people to watch the tropics but we don't want them to push the panic button,”.
Of the two storms, forecasters believe Bill appeared to have the better shot of becoming a hurricane.
According to Feltgen Bill already has better structure in its development phase than Ana ever had.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Bill was about 820 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.
One computer model shows it becoming a major hurricane, with a forecasted path similar to Tropical Storm Ana. Bill is currently much larger than Ana and is moving at a steady pace, forecasters said. It could become a threat to the Bahamas, Caribbean Islands and possibly Florida in the long-term forecast.

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