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Tropical Depression Ana Dissipates in the Caribbean

UPDATED 5:30 PM EDT, August 17, 2009

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Patrick O'Hara

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Tropical Depression Ana pounded Puerto Rico with heavy rain this afternoon and then quickly dissipated thereafter. The storm took its last breath as it encountered unfavorable conditions in the upper-atmosphere, as well as the rough terrain of the Caribbean islands.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Rachel Peterson continues coverage of Ana in her exclusive WeatherBug Tropical Weather Outlook.

All Tropical Storm Watches have been lifted for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, as well as the Dominican Republic from Punta Palenque to the northern Haiti/Dominican Republic border.

Although the storm has dissipated to a tropical low pressure system, WeatherBug meteorologists continue to watch Ana for the potential of further redevelopment. As of 5 p.m. EDT, the remnants of Tropical Depression Ana were centered near 17.5 N and 68.0 W, or about 140 miles southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico and about 145 miles east-southeast of Santo Domino in the Dominican Republic. Maximum sustained winds are barely reaching 35 mph, with a central pressure of 1011 mb or 29.85 inches.

The remnants of Ana continue to blast west-northwest at 24 mph, and is expected to maintain this motion.

2 to 4 inches of rain could still fall over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico this evening through tomorrow morning. Even as a remnant area of low-pressure, there would still bring plenty of soaking tropical rainfall, which could cause flooding and mudslides. Residents of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as anyone planning a trip to the Caribbean, are urged to keep an eye on possible regeneration of Ana.

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