Tropical Storm Bill, the second named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, formed overnight off the Carolina coastline and was expected to be short-lived as it moves northeast away from the East Coast.
Bill was located more than 300 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., with winds of up to 50 mph extending outward up to 90 miles from the center, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 5 a.m. today.
Just 12 hours after its initial formation, however, the tropical system was already nearing dissipation by 5 p.m., according to the hurricane center.
Bill is expected to become a post-tropical system on Tuesday evening as it moves northeast at 36 mph into colder waters.
Tropical Storm Ana was the first named storm of the season, bringing wind and rain to Bermuda but little other impact during the last week of May — before the official start of the June 1-November 30 Atlantic hurricane season.
By this time last year, three named storms had formed in the Atlantic, with Bertha and Cristobal making landfall as tropical storms in the U.S mainland, Spectrum Bay News 9 reported.
Bill is one of three disturbances the Hurricane Center is tracking in the Atlantic.
One is in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico while another is in the far eastern Atlantic. Both might develop into a tropical cyclone at some point in the coming days.
The Gulf storm, now hovering over the Bay of Campeche, could bring heavy rains to portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Friday. There’s a high chance of development; it’s located over an area where tropical systems tend to form this time of year, Spectrum Bay News 9 reported.
With the Gulf storm still consolidating, it remained unclear how it might affect weather in the Tampa Bay area, the National Weather Service said.
Meantime, showers and thunderstorms were reported across the region this morning and were likely to continue until 2 p.m., followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms. The forecast was for partly sunny skies with a high of 89 and a rain chance of 70 percent, following to 30 percent tonight.
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