National Weather Service issues alert for 'life-threatening' rip currents for beaches in Virginia, North Carolina

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Posted at 10:17 AM, May 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-23 12:46:09-04

Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm of the 2021 hurricane season, formed northeast of Bermuda Saturday morning and is currently barely holding on as a tropical cyclone.

Ana's center was located near latitude 36.6 North, longitude 59.4 West at 11 a.m. AST. The storm is moving toward the northeast at 14 mph.

Ana is forecast to become post-tropical by Sunday night and dissipate on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts, and winds extend outward up to 35 miles north of the center.

Little change in strength is forecast for Saturday, but gradual weakening is expected to begin Saturday night, and Ana is expected to dissipate in a few days.

Rough surf and a high risk for rip currents are expected in Virginia and North Carolina this weekend due to Ana's movement in the Atlantic Ocean, and the National Weather Service issued an alert for life-threatening rip currents stretching from Virginia Beach all the way down to the Outer Banks.

According to Dare County EMS, red flags are flying at all beaches from Duck to Ocracoke.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, May 23:

Location: 36.6 N 59.4 W

Moving: NE at 14 mph

Min pressure: 1007 mb

Max sustained winds: 40 mph

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