Tropical Storm Ana emerged in the central Atlantic at 5 a.m. and now, as of 11 a.m., we have Tropical Depression 3 in the eastern Atlantic.
Ana is our immediate concern, as the forecast
track puts the storm at South Florida's doorstep either late Wednesday or early Thursday. We are already in the cone of uncertainty.
The track likely will shift a bit in upcoming days. It already has been nudged to the south since the 5 a.m. advisory.
Still, we need to watch it closely. It is forecast
to grow into a strong tropical storm within five days, meaning it holds potential to intensify into a hurricane
At 11 a.m. today, Ana was 920 miles east of the Leeward Islands
with sustained winds of 40 mph. It was moving west at 16 mph.
Tropical Depression 3 also bears watching.
It is aiming generally at this region as well and is projected to intensify into a Category 2 hurricane
with 100 mph winds within five days. At that point, it should be near Puerto Rico
, the National Hurricane Center says.
Expect this system to become Tropical Storm Bill possibly later today.
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