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Tropics explode with activity

By Tanner Cade -  email - Twitter

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A quiet Atlantic Tropical Season has turned into a quick checklist down the names on this mid-August weekend. 

The National Hurricane Center upgrades Tropical Depression Four to Tropical Storm Claudette.  This comes a day after two storms, Ana and Bill, were named in the Far Eastern Atlantic. 

"Even though Claudette has formed close to home," says meteorologist Tanner Cade, "I don't expect to see much impact here in South Mississippi. The storm is really small in size, which will only affect a small area."

Claudette is 40 miles southwest of Apaloachicola, Florida, and about 120 miles southeast of Pensacola, Florida.  Maximum sustained winds are near 50mph.  Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

Ana is now a tropical depression.  The system is struggling to stay together in tough weather conditions near the Leeward Islands.  The storm is forecast to fall apart in the near future, but meteorologist will continue to track the system throughout the week.

Tropical Storm Bill now has a new forecast path.  Computer models are beginning to agree Bill will turn north into the Atlantic, but the eastern U.S. will continue to watch the storm.  Bill is forecast to become a major hurricane in the next few days.

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