HURRICANE: Bill a tropical storm, Ana’s path now south of Treasure Coast

By Lisa Zahner5:15 p.m. Saturday, August 15ATLANTIC OCEAN — TD Three has now been upgraded to tropical storm Bill, the season’s second named storm, and the latest predictions for Ana show that tropical storm now heading south of the east coast of Florida.At the 5 p.m. advisory, tropical storm Bill was located near latitude 11.3 north and longitude 35.2 west with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and gust to 50 mph. Bill is moving west at 16 mph and has a minimum barometric pressure of 1004 millibars (29.64 inches).Bill is predicted to become a Category 1 hurricane by 2 p.m. Wednesday and a Category 2 hurricane by 2 p.m. Thursday. To be classified a hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, Bill would have to strengthen to at least 74 mph.Tropical storm Ana was located near latitude 14.4 north and longitude 50 west with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts to 50 mph. The system is moving westward at 17 mph and has a minimum barometric pressure of 1005 millibars (29.67 inches).The forecast track for Ana was adjusted south this morning and again this afternoon, so unless the storm takes an unexpected turn to the north, it appears that Indian River County is no longer in her path, though we are technically still within the cone of error. Click on image below to enlarge the image from the Weather Underground.The next public advisory by the National Hurricane Center is scheduled for 11 p.m.

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