First tropical storm of 2009 Ana forms near Leeward Islands

The first tropical storm of the season has developed in the Atlantic Ocean, near the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The Cape Verde season is under way as a series of waves have been spinning off the African coast. Ana will continue on its westerly course for the next few days gradually getting stronger. Another larger wave behind Ana is likely going to become a depression, and eventually turn unto tropical storm Bill. Ana is moving towards the west, nearly 16 MPH. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 MPH. This storm should continue to develop over the next 48 hours.

Weather Underground / AP Photo - This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, August 14, 2009 at 1:45 PM EDT shows a swirl of clouds east of the Lesser Antilles associated with a dying tropical disturbance. No other tropical development is noticed in the region.


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