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Tropical Storm Ana weakens in Atlantic, expected to dissipate

Nelly Ontiveros and Lisa Maria Garza, Orlando Sentinel on

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Ana, which formed a tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda on Sunday morning, weakened to a tropical depression by the afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“Ana is forecast to become a remnant low by tonight and dissipate on Monday,” said NHC hurricane specialist Andrew Latto.

The National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory showed Ana located about 540 miles northeast of the island with sustained winds of 35 mph and moving northeast at 17 mph.

The storm is no threat to Florida or elsewhere in the United States.

Ana is the first named system of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season 10 days before its official start.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, as the Bermuda Weather Service discontinued the tropical storm watch issued Saturday.

 

Ana will continue to increase its forwarding speed as it moves northeast, but forecasters expect a cold front on Monday to absorb the storm, according to the latest forecast.

The 2021 hurricane season runs from June 1-Nov. 30. The 2020 season saw a record 30 named storms, and also featured two named systems that formed before the official start of the season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its predictions last week for the year, and while still forecast for an above-average hurricane season, its numbers do not approach the highs seen in 2020.

For 2021, the NOAA predicts 13-20 named storms, of which six to 10 would gain hurricane strength, and of those three to five would become major hurricanes, Category 3 or higher.

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