UPDATE: 6 a.m. Monday
Tropical Depression Ana made landfall near Nakina in Columbus County at about 2 p.m. Sunday. All warnings have been lifted for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.
UPDATE: 9 a.m. Sunday
Tropical Storm Ana made landfall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at about 6 a.m. Sunday.
The entire Cape Fear region remains under a tropical storm warning. Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties are under a flood watch until 8 p.m. Sunday.
Ana has been upgraded to a tropical storm.
The entire Cape Fear region is under a tropical storm warning, according to a Saturday morning briefing by the National Weather Service (NWS).
“Tropical Storm Ana continues to drift off the southeast coast,” a NWS warning states. “This storm will move very slowly over the next few days as it approaches the Carolina coastlines. This will create an extended period of heavy rainfall, gusty winds and treacherous seas.”
Ana, which has reached its maximum intensity as a storm, is expected to weaken as it reaches the cooler waters off the North Carolina coast. Winds of 30-35 mph sustained are expected, as well as gusts of up to 50 mph. Meteorologists forecast seas of eight to 12 feet from the storm.
Tropical storm-force winds will reach the Cape Fear coast by Saturday afternoon. The strong winds will continue Saturday night into Sunday.
Check back for more weather updates and storm-related closings as they become available.