Pair ot Tropical Storms - Ana & Bill

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Tropical Storm Bill has formed in the east-central Atlantic about 1200kms west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.

Tropical Storm Bill is still consolidating and will move westward over the open tropical Atlantic over the next few days, steadily gaining strength.

Weather yarns

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Most of us can remember a particular weather event at some stage in our life and there are often plenty of yarns about certain experiences and sometimes as the years go by, the stories can get bigger and bigger!

From the international file, here's an email about ball lightning and an episode that would've been somewhat hairaising... 

Tropical Storm Ana forms

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Tropical Depression Two reformed in the Atlantic last night, and has now strengthened to Tropical Storm Ana. This makes it the first named storm of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

As of early this morning Ana was located about 1600 kms east of the Leeward Islands. Maximum winds have increased to near 65 kph.

How a hurricane is made

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We often hear about terms like Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone, Tropical Depression and Tropical Storm.  So what do they all mean?  And what are the processes to actually create a hurricane?  

With the media-grabbing Atlantic Hurricane season upon us we thought we'd take a closer look.

2009 Atlantic & Pacific Storm Names

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Here's a list of the upcoming storm names for the Atlantic and Pacific. 

The Atlantic ones are most likely to make the news headlines...that's because the direction they move in takes them towards populated places such as the United States of America, Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean.  

Atlantic storm season about to tip

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The scales are about to tip with the Atlantic Hurricane season as a broad area of low pressure and thunderstorms moves off Africa and towards the United States.

Atlantic quickly waking up

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The Atlantic is today quickly coming to life with three areas of concern for American forecasters.

TD-2 is hovering around 10km/h below Tropical Storm status and that is expected to change anywhere within the next hour or two through until tomorrow NZT. If TD-2 does become a tropical-storm it will be named Ana.

Atlantic Hurricane season finally waking up

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The second tropical depression of the Atlantic Hurricane season formed Wednesday morning NZT and indicates that favourable storm conditions may now be forming.

Tropical Depression 2, known as TD-2, has formed roughly well out in the Atlantic Ocean and is continuing to deepen. 

Fears for 400 after Taiwan mudslide

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An estimated 400 Taiwanese are unaccounted for after a mudslide spawned by Typhoon Morakot struck their isolated mountain village, a police official said yesterday, and a newspaper quoted a resident as saying as many as 600 were buried.

VIDEO: Six story hotel collapses into river; Typhoon thrashes Asia

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A hotel that was six storeys high collapses and is swept away in Chihpen, Taiwan after torrential rain from Typhoon Morakot caused the island's worst flooding in half a century.

Three people died and 31 were reported missing. 

See the video below.