'Surprise' Tropical Storm Hits SC, Beats Season's Start

Ana made landfall in South Carolina
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2015 6:30 AM CDT
This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 12:45 AM EDT shows Tropical Storm Ana along the North and South Carolina coast producing thunderstorms and heavy rain.   (Weather Underground via AP)
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(Newser) Early surprise Tropical Storm Ana made landfall in South Carolina this morning, a full three weeks before the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Packing slightly weakened 45mph winds, CNN reports that the storm came in just north of Myrtle Beach. The storm is set to further weaken, but the eastern Carolinas should see between two and four inches of rain. But Ana's winds will mean rough surf, and "people need to stay off the beach for sure," a hurricane expert tells the AP. Per the National Weather Service, "Interests elsewhere in eastern North Carolina and Virginia should monitor the progress of Ana." While such early storms aren't without precedent, the AP notes Ana is the earliest since another storm named Ana in 2003. Meanwhile, the middle of the country is getting some weird weather, too.

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