Subtropical Storm Ana First Named Storm of 2015 Hurricane Season

By  //  May 8, 2015

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NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER REPORT

TROPICAL-STORM-ANA-580-2S

Subtropical storm Ana (pronounced AH-nah) has formed in the Atlantic and is drifting slowly to the north, about 170 miles SSE of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as of 11 p.m. Thursday evening.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
SUBTROPICAL STORM ANA ADVISORY NUMBER   1
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL012015
1100 PM EDT THU MAY 07 2015

...SUBTROPICAL STORM ANA FORMS OFF THE SOUTHEAST U.S. COAST...


SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...31.5N 77.6W
ABOUT 170 MI...275 KM SSE OF MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 350 DEGREES AT 2 MPH...4 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1004 MB...29.65 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM EDISTO BEACH SOUTH
CAROLINA TO CAPE LOOKOUT NORTH CAROLINA.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* EDISTO BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA TO CAPE LOOKOUT NORTH CAROLINA

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA, GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA, INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS, PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR
LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), THE CENTER OF SUBTROPICAL STORM ANA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.5 NORTH, LONGITUDE 77.6 WEST.  THE STORM IS
MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 2 MPH (4 KM/H).  A TURN TOWARD THE
NORTHWEST WITH A SLIGHT INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED OVER
THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH (75 KM/H) WITH HIGHER GUSTS.
SOME SLIGHT STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

WINDS OF 40 MPH EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 160 MILES (260 KM) FROM THE
CENTER.

AN AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT OBSERVED A
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 1004 MB (29.65 INCHES).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA
BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING.

RAINFALL...ANA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO
4 INCHES OVER EASTERN PORTIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH CAROLINA
THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

SURF...SWELLS GENERATED BY ANA ARE AFFECTING PORTIONS OF THE
SOUTHEASTERN U.S. COAST.  THESE SWELLS ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE LIFE-
THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENTS.

NEXT ADVISORY
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NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY AT 200 AM EDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 500 AM EDT.

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