Tropical storm Ana may head toward Florida

August 15, 2009 by  
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MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Ana has formed over the Atlantic and could strengthen as it heads toward the Leeward Islands, forecasters said Saturday.

38393-leadSouth Florida is now in the Five Day Storm Track Forecast Cone (also known as the “Cone of Uncertainty”).  If this storm has an effect on usit appears that it will be sometime late Wednesday night and Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Ana could trigger a tropical storm watch for parts of the Leeward Islands later Saturday. It may pick up speed and approach the islands by Monday, the hurricane center said. It was 1,010 miles east of the islands early Saturday.

Ana, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, could slowly strengthen in the next couple of days as it moves to the west at 16 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph.

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