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August 11th, 2009
07:29 AM ET

Today's National Weather

Tropical Depression 2 formed on Tuesday morning in the far eastern tropical Atlantic with maximum sustained winds near 30 mph. The depression is located 280 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. The depression is forecast to move west-northwestward and intensify to a tropical storm by early Wednesday morning. If it does so, it will become the first named storm of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Ana.

Maximum sustained winds are forecast to reach 60 mph, just 14 mph short of becoming a Category 1 hurricane. The system should begin to slow in forward speed on Sunday northeast of the Leeward Islands. It is too early to tell if it will affect the U.S. mainland.

Tropical Storm Felicia is forecast to pass near Honolulu overnight tonight and weaken to a depression. Localized flash flooding and high surf will be possible until the center of the system moves west of the Islands.

New York City is under a heat advisory. Temperatures are expected to soar into the mid 90s later this afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms will fire along a cold front located in the Northeast and extending southwestward into the central Plains. A few storms may be severe, with gusty winds, dangerous lightning, and isolated flash flooding.


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