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Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021

"Ana", the first storm of the year in the Atlantic, forms near Bermuda

"Ana", the first storm of the year in the Atlantic, forms near Bermuda

"Ana" is a subtropical storm and formed before the official start of the cyclone season (June 1-November 30) in the Atlantic.
The National Hurricane Center ( NHC ) of the United States reported this Saturday of the formation of the first storm of the year in the Atlantic basin, which bears the name of "Ana", is located near the Bermuda Islands and will have a short duration and few effects on the ground.

"Ana" is a subtropical storm and formed before the official start of the cyclone season (June 1-November 30) in the Atlantic.

Storm "Ana" was located about 180 miles (290 km) west of Bermuda this morning, was moving at 3 miles per hour (6 km / h) in a west-southwest direction, and had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. (75 km / h).

The NHC issued a storm watch advisory for Bermuda, which is British territory.

The storm will maintain a slow and erratic trajectory throughout the day and on Sunday and Monday it will pick up speed in its advance to the northeast.

As for the low pressure system that emerged in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, the NHC said surface observations and radar data show it has moved inland over southeast Texas.

Therefore, the formation of a tropical cyclone is not expected, but the system may produce heavy rains today over parts of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.

Given the complete saturation of soils from the flooding that is occurring along the coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana, these rains can cause additional flash floods.

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on which the NHC depends, the Atlantic hurricane season will be less intense than in 2020, but more active than normal.

NOAA forecasts the formation of 13 to 20 named tropical storms and 6 to 10 hurricanes, of which 3 to 5 would be major category (3, 4 and 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale).

This Atlantic hurricane season will have "above normal" activity, although it is not expected to be similar to that of 2020, which broke all-time records with 30 named storms, Ben said at a virtual press conference this week. Friedman, NOAA Administrator.
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