Subtropical Storm Ana forms; Central Florida to stay dry, hot

Weather system located south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


ORLANDO, Fla. – A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of North and South Carolina as Ana approaches the U.S. coast.

The storm formed nearly a month before the Atlantic Hurricane season officially kicks off. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday that Ana's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 kph) with slight strengthening forecast during the next day or so.

The storm is centered about 180 miles (285 kilometers) south-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Hurricane Center says it's been nearly stationary over the last few hours but is expected to move north-northwest later in the day.

The tropical storm warning is in effect from the south Santee River in South Carolina to Surf City, North Carolina. The system is expected to deliver 2 to 4 inches of rain over the weekend.

"Central Florida will continue to see dry air and low rain chances throughout the Mother's Day weekend," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

Afternoon high temperatures in Orlando will get into the upper 80s Friday.  The highs along the coast will be in the low and mid-80s.

"There will be a chance for a few additional clouds along the coast as Ana spreads out," Bridges said.

Rain chances will be at 10 percent on Saturday and 20 percent on Mother's Day.

Temperatures will be in the upper 80s, near 90, through the end of next week in Orlando.  The average high is 87.

Rain chances will be at 30 percent most of next week.

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