Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tropical Storm Ana Hits South Carolina

Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph, with higher gusts. 
Latest location: Approximately 15 miles ENE of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 
Tropical storm-force winds: Extend 125 miles from the center of the storm.
Movement: NNW at 5 miles per hour.

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina --  As of 5 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, May 10, 2015, the National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical weather outlook due to the presence of Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm before the official start of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, that is making landfall near the North Carolina and South Carolina border this morning.  

Tropical Storm Ana is moving to the north-northwest at 5 miles per hour. However, a turn toward the north is expected to occur later today, followed by a turn toward the northeast with a gradual increase in forward speed on Monday.

Tropical Storm Ana Projected Path Timeline:

Sunday Morning: The center of the tropical cyclone will make landfall near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Sunday Afternoon to Evening: Tropical Storm Ana moves across eastern North Carolina. 

Monday Morning to Afternoon:  Ana becomes a tropical depression as it moves across eastern North Carolina, eastern Virginia, and Delaware - just to the east of the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Monday Evening: The tropical depression moves across the southern half of New Jersey.

Tuesday Morning: The tropical depression exits back out over the Atlantic Ocean south of Long Island, New York.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for from South Santee River, South Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.  

Ana is forecast to bring rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches over eastern portions of North Carolina and South Carolina through Monday, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches. The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach 1 to 2 feet above ground at times of high tide in coastal areas from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina southward through South Carolina.

Local Flood Warnings, Rip Current Warnings, High Surf Advisories, and other hazardous weather advisories are being issued by the National Weather Service.

Spaghetti models are generally in agreement that Tropical Storm Ana will exit back into the Atlantic Ocean as a tropical depression just south of New Jersey.