Subtropical Storm Ana forms


    Subtropical Storm Ana has formed in the Atlantic, however Bermuda has discontinued its Tropical Storm Watch.

    According to the National Hurricane Centre, Ana is currently moving toward the west near 6 km/h.

    A turn toward the north at a slow forward speed expected later today, followed by a faster motion toward the northeast Sunday and Monday.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts and while little change in strength is forecast today, gradual weakening is expected tonight and Sunday.

    As such, Ana is expected to dissipate in a couple of days.

    Locally gusty winds are possible on Bermuda today.

    Ana is the first named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

    According to a CNN report, this is now the seventh year in a row in which at least one named storm has formed prior to the start of Atlantic hurricane season which officially begins June 1st.

    A subtropical storm has similar characteristics of a tropical storm but is not considered fully tropical because it doesn’t depend on warm water temperatures to fuel its development.

    The CNN report also says that Ana is unique because “the storm originated in an area of the Atlantic that typically does not see tropical cyclones form in the month of May. Typically, storms during this month form over the eastern Gulf of Mexico, in the western Caribbean Sea, or near the Southeast coast of the US.”