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Bill now a hurricane, Ana and Claudette weaken

It's official. We've got our first hurricane of the season.

Its name is Bill.

With winds now around 90 mph, Bill was upgraded Monday from tropical storm status by the National Hurricane Center. It's now in the central Atlantic Ocean, headed toward the northwest and expected to strengthen (live tracking below). Bill could become a major hurricane by Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall this morning near Fort Walton Beach, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. The storm had winds of up to 40 mph and weakened over land. Claudette was downgraded to a tropical depression and the National Hurricane Center is no longer issuing advisories.

And as for Ana, "it doesn't look very impressive right now," Marquez said.

The storm is a tropical depression in the Caribbean with winds at about 35 mph.

In the Tampa Bay area today there's a 30 percent chance of scattered storms, Marquez said. We'll likely have more sunshine with highs in the 90s.

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Bill now a hurricane, Ana and Claudette weaken 08/17/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 7:26am]
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