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Claudette makes landfall, Bill to become a major hurricane

By Grant Dade - bio | email

Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall near Ft. Walton Beach, FL early this morning with top sustained winds of 50 mph and very heavy rainfall.  Up to 6 inches of rain can be expected with this system as Claudette continues to move northwest today across the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama.  Isolated tornadoes are also possible as she moves farther inland this afternoon across Eastern Mississippi and Western Alabama.  A tropical trough of low pressure that Claudette formed along will move into East Texas latter today and tomorrow.  This could bring some scattered storms to East Texas through Mid Week.

We are continuing to monitor two other tropical systems this morning, tropical depression Ana, and Hurricane Bill.  Ana is having a difficult time developing and her forecast path takes her over the mountains of the Dominican Republic and Cube.  This will more than likely weaken Ana to just a tropical low by the time she enters the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.  Bill has become the first Hurricane of the season and is forecast to become a major hurricane by mid week.  The good news, a deep trough of low pressure will develop by week's end over the United States and this will push Bill back out into the Central Atlantic Ocean.  We will continue to track Ana and Bill throughout the week and you can to by clicking on our Hurricane Center and KLTV.com.

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