On Sunday, Tropical Storm Ana weakened as it made landfall over South California. It is the first Atlantic tropical storm of the year.
In a public advisory released by the National Weather Service at 5 a.m. EDT, the center of the storm was said to be just north of Myrtle Beach, South California. The release further advised that the storm was lowering in intensity.
The National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. EDT update that Ana is a tropical depression.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) May 9, 2015
The storm is expected to bring along strong winds and rainfall, though it is likely to weaken as it reaches cooler waters near the coast. Ana may bring one to three inches of rainfall throughout the Carolinas on Monday. In some areas, almost five inches of rainfall is predicted.
Winds of up to 39 miles per hour will blow across South Santee River in South Carolina to Cape Lookout in North Carolina. The coastline has already been warned of a tropical storm.
According to CNN, the National Hurricane Center said, “On the forecast track, the center of Ana will move over eastern North Carolina later today and tonight.”
It is likely that the storm will continue to head northward.
Offshore buoys recorded that the storm brought along 11- to 12-foot seas. Dave Roberts, hurricane specialist, said that the high surf could be dangerous.
He said, “It’s about rough surf. People need to stay off the beach for sure.”
— Justin Abraham (@jjabraham) May 10, 2015
The National Hurricane Center warned beachgoers and sailors of potentially strong and rapid currents.
On Saturday, people were disallowed from swimming by the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety. Beachgoers planning a weekend trip were urged by authorities in New Hanover County, North Carolina, to maintain precautionary measures.
Warren Lee, Director of New Hanover County Emergency Management, said, “Beachgoers are encouraged to use extreme caution this weekend.
“With the elevated risk of rip currents, the best advice is to stay out of the water when the risk for rip currents is the highest and comply with any advisories given by lifeguards.”
— Lisa Argen (@LisaArgenABC7) May 10, 2015
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, said that the strong winds could cause power outages and minor damage.
“Interests elsewhere in eastern North Carolina and Virginia should monitor the progress of Ana,” the weather service said.
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