Tropical Storm Ana has developed in the Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Rico and could bring extremely high winds and cause damage in the Leeward Islands. Meanwhile, weather watchers are keeping an eye on Hurricane Guillermo as it moves toward Hawaii.
The Atlantic storm season has just begun and Tropical Storm Ana is the first named storm of 2009, according to a news update by the Associated Press. The Atlantic area will likely receive many more tropical storms throughout the rest of 2009.
Tropical Storm Ana
Tropical Storm Ana currently poses the biggest threat to those residents in the islands of the Leeward Islands chain. This set of islands is located east of Puerto Rico. According to wordiq.com, the chain consists of some of the following well-known islands: Antigua, Barbuda, the Virgin Islands, and Guadeloupe.
The residents of these islands will likely face most of the wrath of Tropical Storm Ana. The storm could cause destruction of homes and businesses and may down power lines. The storm could result in very heavy rains that could lead to flooding.
The residents of Florida in the U.S. will likely face very heavy rain for the foreseeable future. Tropical Storm Ana will impact the Florida area in the next few days, according to a report by wdbo.com.
Resources for Residents of Florida, Leeward Islands
If you live in the Leeward Islands or Florida, you should take the extra time to track Tropical Storm Ana and see if it will come toward your area. Always be prepared for major storms.
The National Weather Service has an excellent Web site called the National Hurricane Center. On this site you can track the status of storms on a map of either the Pacific or Atlantic oceans. Just click on the storms or hurricanes that are listed on the map to get more information on them.
Another Web site that is useful is Flhurricane.com. This site gives up-to-date information about storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean that could pose a danger to the residents of Florida.
Hurricane Guillermo does not appear to be in close proximity to any major populated areas, according to the AP, because it is far out into the Pacific Ocean. It is currently a great distance from the western shores of Mexico and is not likely to come close to Hawaii soon.
If you are anywhere near these storms, you should of course monitor them on a regular basis and steer your ship or boat as far away from them as possible.
“Tropical Storm Ana forms over the Atlantic,” Associated Press, Aug. 15, 2009.
“Category 2 Hurricane Guillermo moves out to sea,” Associated Press, Aug. 15, 2009.
“Tropical Storm Ana could be trouble for Florida,” wdbo.com, Aug. 15, 2009.