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Current Atlantic Storm Activity

The first few named systems of the 2009 Atlantic Season have formed in recent days, including Hurricane Bill, the first hurricane of the year for the Atlantic.

Here's the current situation as reported by the National Hurricane Center (NHC):

Hurricane Bill

Hurricane Bill is currently located about 1080 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, and is moving west-northwest at about 16 MPH.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to 90 MPH, and some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Bill could become a “major hurricane” by Wednesday. The NHC classifies a “major hurricane” as any storm that reaches category three strength, with sustained wind speeds between 111-130 MPH.

Because it’s still so far offshore, no watches or warnings are currently in effect for Bill.

Click here for the latest public advisory on Bill.

Tropical Depression Ana

Tropical Depression Ana is currently located about 75 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico and is moving west-northwest at about 28 MPH. The storm is expected to continue on this track, with a reduction in forward speed, over the next day or two.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 MPH, and though little change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours, Ana could degenerate into a tropical wave later today.

A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin Islands, The British Virgin Islands, and The Dominican Republic from Punta Palenque to the Northern Haiti/Dominican Republic Border. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, and in this case within 24 hours.

Click here for the latest public advisory on Ana.

Tropical Depression Claudette

The NHC has issued its final public advisory on Claudette.

Rainfall continues across the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama as Claudette moves inland. Claudette will weaken as it continues its track northwestward through Alabama. The center of Claudette is expected to move over Southwestern Alabama through the day Monday and into Northeastern Mississippi by Monday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 MPH.

All information in the above posted was drawn from the National Hurricane Center.

Published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
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