Tropical Depression Ana (sometimes misspelled as Tropical Depression Anna) remains highly disorganized. Ana started as weather disturbance but failed to collect itself together to form a hurricane or a tropical storm for that matter and remains largely scattered across the Central Caribbean region. Even though disorganized, Tropical Depression Ana still creates rainy weather with possibility of floods and mudslides. At this time, Ana is just south of Puerto Rico and is moving slowly towards the Dominican Republic. The effects will be felt strongly this afternoon already (Monday, August 17, 2009). Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic and Haiti have tropical storm watch in effect which means this depression could grow into a tropical storm within next 24 hours (sustained winds of at least 39 miles per hour are needed for Ana to reach the Tropical Storm category).
As seen from tracking picture above, Tropical Depression Ana will affect north eastern coast of Cuba and southern islands of the Bahamas as they lie on Ana’s projected path between Puerto Rico and Florida. Ana is moving in the west-northwest direction at 28 miles per hour. The track is expected in projected direction, however the speed of movement is likely to decrease over next one or two days.
Tropical Depression Ana currently reaches maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and is predicted to decrease in strength, rather than increase, in which case it will be degraded to tropical wave. Despite weakened winds, the rainfall as result of Tropical Depression Ana will be plentiful, reaching up to 6 inches in some areas.
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