Tropical Storm hits Fla., Hurricane Bill forms

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall on the Florida Panhandle early today, while Hurricane Bill became the first hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic season.

Claudette is the first named storm to hit the U.S. mainland this year. It is weakening as it moves farther inland. The storm dumped heavy rains in some areas yesterday even before its arrival.

Hurricane Bill has maximum sustained winds near 75 mph but is expected to strengthen.

For the latest on the tropics, visit our Hurricane Web Channel.

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