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Bill is a hurricane, Claudette hits Florida

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MIAMI (AP) -- The first hurricane of this year's Atlantic hurricane season is named Bill, while the first named storm of the year to hit the mainland has made landfall on the Florida Panhandle.

Hurricane Bill's maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph. The National Hurricane Center expects Bill to get stronger and it could become a major hurricane by Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Claudette dumped heavy rains in some areas yesterday, even before it made landfall. But it was not expected to cause significant flooding or wind damage.

Claudette is expected to weaken as it moves over land.

Rainfall of 3 to 6 inches was expected, with isolated areas getting up to 10 inches along the Panhandle, the Big Bend region, central and southern Alabama and southwestern Georgia.

Online Reporter: Donnie Forti

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