Tropical Storm Ana made landfall at 6:00 a.m. Sunday near Myrtle Beach with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It weakened to a Tropical Depression at 2 p.m. Sunday and is mostly a rain-producer, currently centered over eastern North Carolina.
With maximum sustained winds of 30 mph, Ana is forecast to race northeastward today, passing over Southeast Virginia and then the southern Delmarva.
Ana’s rain and winds have both diminished since moving inland. The forecast is for around another inch of rain along the North Carolina Outer Banks, a half inch in Southeast Virginia and a quarter inch over the southern Delmarva.
While the D.C. area could see some widely scattered showers or storms this afternoon and evening from Ana, the region resides in an area of sinking air (or subsidence) west of the center of the remnant storm which eliminates the potential for widespread, meaningful rain.
As the second earliest tropical storm to make landfall in the eastern U.S. on record, Ana produced peaked wind gusts of 50 mph at Myrtle Beach, 55 mph at the Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island in North Carolina and 59 mph near Southport, North Carolina on Sunday according to Weather.com
The storm generated about 2-7 inches of rain near the South Carolina – North Carolina border, with the heaviest totals concentrated from around Myrtle Beach, S.C. to Jacksonville, N.C.
Here is a compilation of totals from the National Hurricane Center:
...NORTH CAROLINA... KINSTON 7 SE 6.70 JACKSONVILLE 1 W 5.45 VARNAMTOWN 1.8 ENE 5.17 RICHLANDS 5.3 SSW 5.04 SANDY RUN RAWS 4.59 GURGANUS 0.5 N 4.37 SOUTHPORT/BRUNSWICK 4.26 SUNSET BEACH 3.4 N 4.15 SWANSBORO 3.3 NW 4.14 SUPPLY-NATURE CONSER 4.06 INDIAN BEACH 2 NNE 3.77 WILMINGTON/NEW HANOVER CO. ARPT 3.16 MOREHEAD CITY 2.4 WNW 2.85 ...SOUTH CAROLINA... NORTH MYRTLE BEACH 5.88 N MYRTLE BEACH 4.33
Ana is the first storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, which doesn’t officially begin until June 1. Despite, Ana’s premature appearance, it is forecast to be a quieter than normal season.
The next named storm this year in the Atlantic will be named Bill.