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August 16, 2009

New storm threatens Gulf of Mexico


While tropical storms Ana and Bill continue to advance on the islands of the Lesser Antilles, a new storm has formed out of the thunderstorms and convection in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, posing a more immediate threat to the U.S. mainland.

The latest concern for forecasters at the National Hurricane Center is Tropical Depression 4, which sports top sustained winds of 35 mph, with a track that would put it on the northwest coast of Florida later today.

Here is the Tallahassee radar loop.

Tropical storm warnings have been posted from the Alabama border to the Suwannee River. Communities there could see up to 3 to 5 inches of rain and a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet to the east of wherever the center of the storm makes landfall.

Here is the latest advisory on TD4 (which would become  Tropical Storm Claudette if winds tops 39 mph before landfall). Here is the forecast storm track. And here is the view from space.

UPDATE: TD-4 has become Tropical Storm Claudette, with top sustained winds of 50 mph. TS Ana has degraded to a tropical depression.

Meanwhile, Ana and Bill continue to steam west across the Atlantic.

Here is the latest advisory on Ana. Tropical Storm watches remain in effect as far west as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Here is the forecast storm track.

Here is the latest advisory on Bill, with 45 mph winds, and the only storm of the bunch that is forecast to become a hurricane. Here is the forecast storm track.

And here is the view from orbit.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 8:55 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Hurricanes

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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