Two powerful tropical storms that developed in the Atlantic this week are headed towards the eastern coast of the United States, and one is set to become a hurricane.
And in the Gulf of Mexico, a third -- Tropical Storm Claudette -- is set to slam into Florida's panhandle Sunday night.
The three storms -- Ana, Bill and Claudette -- mark a late but busy start to the 2009 Hurricane season, and forecasters say Bill could become a hurricane by Monday.
But don't rush to conclusions: Although Ana and Bill are both headed towards Florida, forecasters say it's too early to tell whether or not they'll hit.
Ana, the closer of the two, is located 1,749 miles southeast of Miami and is moving west at 23 mph. According to an 11 a.m. advisory by the National Hurricane Center, it's a storm with 40 mph winds.
Bill, which is right behind Ana and became a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, is 2,877 miles southeast of Miami and is moving west-northwest at 16 mph. It's currently much stronger than Ana, with winds pushing 60 mph.
Tropical Storm Bill is quickly gathering strength and could become a Category 3 hurricane later this week, according to National Hurricane Center meteorologist John Cangialosi. But forecasters say it's far enough east that Florida could be spared if the storm steers north.
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