Archive for August, 2009

BN9: Roaring in Atlantic, Bill now a Category 4 storm

August 19th, 2009 No comments

Hurricane Bill reached Category 4 status early Wednesday.

Hurricane Bill reached Category 4 status early Wednesday.

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Bill became a Category 4 storm as it rumbled across the Atlantic early Wednesday with maximum sustained winds near 135 mph.

And according to Bay News 9meteorologist Juli Marquez, the dangerous hurricane could get even stronger.

Officials in the Leeward Islands are monitoring Bill’s progress, though the core of the storm was expected to pass well to the northeast of the islands late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Early Wednesday, Bill was centered about 460 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving west-northwest near 16 mph. The storm is located at 18.0 N latitude and 54.9 W longitude.

The most significant threat could be to Bermuda, which the storm could pass in three or four days. But it also could move directly between Bermuda and the eastern coast of the U.S. without making landfall.

Meanwhile, people in flood-prone Haiti and the Dominican Republic awoke to good news Tuesday as it appeared Ana, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, had largely spared their shared island.

The two countries that share the island of Hispaniola are vulnerable to storms, with many impoverished people clustered along rivers, but there were no reports of major damage from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ana.

The system had been downgraded to a tropical depression and then largely dissipated before reaching Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but its rains were still considered a potential threat.


Tropical Depression #4 has formed just West of Clearwater

August 16th, 2009 No comments

Tropical Depression 4 forms in Gulf of Mexico

The storm could make landfall overnight in the Panhandle.

The storm could make landfall overnight in the Panhandle.

BAY NEWS 9 — The fourth tropical depression of the 2009 storm season has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm is located 90 miles west-southwest of Tampa Bay, with sustained wind speeds of 35 mph. The storm is moving north at 16 mph, and is not expected to directly impact the Bay area.

Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said that the storm could attain tropical storm status later today, making it the third named storm of the season.

A special marine advisory has been issued for the Gulf of Mexico. Boaters are advised to stay off the water today.


BN9: Tropical Storm Ana forms in the Atlantic

August 15th, 2009 No comments

Tropical Storm Ana has developed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Ana has developed in the Atlantic Ocean.

BAY NEWS 9 — Tropical Storm Ana has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

What was once Tropical Depression 2 has reorganized into the first tropical storm of the season.

According to current computer models, Ana may possibly reach the Bahamas Thursday morning.

Florida could feel Ana’s impact Thursday evening or Friday morning.

However, Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik said the computer models don’t have a good handle on the path of the storm and that she expects the storm track will change as it moves west.

In addition, Kacmarik said some computer models have the storm dissipating before making landfall.

Ana is likely to strengthen over Atlantic waters, and that it could threaten land.

The winds within the storm have been clocked at 40 mph. Ana is forecast to slowly strengthen over the next two days.

The 5 a.m. weather advisory from the NHC puts the storm 1,010 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is moving 16 mph to the west.

Forecasters are also watching a possible storm system just behind Ana.