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Remnants of Ana could bring rain to Tampa Bay

The erosion from the high tides of Tropical Storm Claudette is evident along the Destin beaches in the Panhandle Monday.

Associated Press

The erosion from the high tides of Tropical Storm Claudette is evident along the Destin beaches in the Panhandle Monday.

The rainy season might get a little more wet this week.

The weather mess that was formerly Tropical Storm Ana could head our way and generate more rain than usual, forecasters say.

The system, headed toward Central Florida, was about 140 miles west southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, late Monday. The system had become so weak by Monday that the National Hurricane Service in Miami discontinued issuing tropical storm advisories.

"What's going to be left of Ana is going to be a trough moving over the area, producing maybe an increase in showers and thunderstorms," said meteorologist Richard Rude of the National Weather Service.

It's already the season of afternoon thundershowers, but the lingering effects of Ana might mean that beginning Thursday, showers may last longer and cover more area, Rude said. Temperatures are expected to remain average for this time of year, with highs in the 90s.

Still, the storm poses a threat to Haiti, which was hit hard by several storms last year. And it could still regenerate.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Bill, in the south central Atlantic, showed signs of developing into a Category 3 storm by Wednesday, with winds exceeding 110 mph. Most computer models, though, take the storm well east of the United States.

Bill is expected to turn north and steer clear of Florida by 500 to 1,000 miles, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

"Bill in all likelihood will not be coming to Florida," said Linker. "It looks like it will end up curving out to sea perhaps even out to Bermuda."

The first hurricane of this year's Atlantic season, Bill was tracked at 5 p.m. Monday about 975 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, moving west northwest at 16 mph, and with sustained winds of 90 mph.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Claudette slogged ashore in the Panhandle early Monday. Only minor damage and one death was attributed to the storm.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Luis Perez can be reached at lperez@sptimes.com or (727)892-2271.

Remnants of Ana could bring rain to Tampa Bay 08/17/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 17, 2009 10:35pm]
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