Subtropical Storm ‘Ana’ becomes tropical as it heads towards Carolinas
According to the US National Hurricane Center, meteorologists said that a storm moving slowly towards the Carolinas had transitioned into a tropical storm early on Saturday. It has been forecasted that it will bring rain, high wind and flooding.
The Miami-based weather agency has made an announcement that the tropical storm Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, was lurking some 105 miles (170 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina around 5 a.m. local time.
The agency said that a warning has been issued for the areas along a 275 mile (443 km) swath from South Santee River, South Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, at the southern end of the Outer Banks.
As per the forecasts the system will make landfall near the border between North and South Carolina, on Sunday. On Saturday morning, when it swirled, it was packed with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) winds.
On Friday, Ana slowed down about 165 miles (265 km) south-southeast of Myrtle Beach, a South Carolina beach and golfing resort, before strengthening into Saturday. It has been predicted that it will start getting weak gradually by Sunday morning.
The Hurricane Center said that the storm would be bringing from one to five inches of rain (2.5-12.7cm) anywhere and that the storm surge could lead to a flood of up to two feet (61 cm) in coastal areas.
Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for Weather Underground, a commercial weather service said that formation of Ana is the earliest appearance of a named storm in the Atlantic since an earlier incarnation of Subtropical Storm Ana on April 20, 2003.
Masters mentioned that the wind strength generated by subtropical and tropical storms are not very different, but tropical storms lead to more rain and have the potential to rapidly intensify into hurricanes.
Generally, the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.
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