Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ana Earliest Tropical Storm Since 2003 Ana

From Earth orbit, the NOAA GOES satellite shows Sub-tropical Storm Ana, located about 170 miles (275 kms) south-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, seen in an image taken at 7:15 a.m. EDT  / 11:15 UTC 2015 May 8. (Image Sources: Reuters, NOAA / NWS)

By Harriet McLeod

Winds from Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, picked up onshore in the Carolinas on Saturday and beachgoers were warned of expected dangerous rip currents and heavy rain.

Ana was moving slightly faster toward the U.S. Southeast coast with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour after it transitioned overnight into a tropical storm, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

The storm had slowed slightly, moving at about 3 mph, and the center of the storm was forecast to be "very near" the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina by Sunday morning, according to the hurricane center.

Ana's formation is the earliest appearance of a named storm in the Atlantic since a previous incarnation of Subtropical Storm Ana on 2003 April 20, said Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for Weather Underground, a commercial weather service.

The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

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Source: Reuters Wire Service.

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