New Depression Forms; Warnings Issued For Northwest Fla.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- A tropical storm warning was issued Sunday for the Florida Panhandle as a newly formed depression swirled off the coast and threatened to bring rain and possible flooding to the area.

The warning was issued for areas east of the Alabama state line to the Suwanee River. Rainfall of 3 to 5 inches was forecast, with isolated showers of up to 10 inches in northwest Florida, forecasters said. The area likely will see tropical storm conditions within the next 24 hours.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said the depression was expected to be near Florida's northern Gulf Coast by late Sunday afternoon. It was moving to the north-northwest at about 16 mph, with maximum sustained winds around 35 mph. At 8 a.m. EDT on Sunday, it was about 125 miles from south-southeast of Apalachicola.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Guillermo was swirling in the Pacific as a Category 2 storm, and tropical storms Ana and Bill were moving over open waters in the Atlantic.

Guillermo had weakened slightly, with maximum sustained winds dropping to 100 mph. It was expected to lose more steam and dwindle to a tropical storm in the next day or two. Guillermo was moving west at 15 mph, about 1,150 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii.

Tropical Storm Bill had winds of up to 45 mph. It was expected to build momentum and become a hurricane in the next few days, but it was still far out in the Atlantic, moving west at 13 mph about 1,640 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

The U.S. and British Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands were keeping a close eye on Ana. The storm was expected to make landfall in the Leeward Islands early Monday.

A tropical storm watch remained in effect for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. Tropical storm conditions were possible within the next 36 hours.

Ana was moving west near 20 mph. At 8 a.m. EDT, the storm was about 470 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands.

For the latest on Tropical Depression Four, Tropical Storm Ana, and Tropical Storm Bill, visit our Hurricane Web Channel.

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