FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Tropical Storm Paulette, the season's 16th named storm, formed in the tropical Central Atlantic on Monday.
Tropical Storm Paulette was located about 1,3075 miles east of the eastern boundary of the Caribbean and had maximum sustained winds measuring 40 mph, according to the 11 a.m. advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center.
Paulette was moving west-northwest at slow 3 mph Monday morning and was expected to turn to the west-northwest on late Monday or and Tuesday.
Tropical Depression 18, which formed early Monday off Africa's west coast, is expected to become a tropical storm on Monday or Tuesday, forecasters said.
It was located about 225 miles east of the Cabo Verde Islands as of 8 a.m. Monday, with winds at 35 mph.
A tropical storm watch was in effect for the Cabo Verde Islands early Monday. Tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area in the next 12 to 24 hours, the hurricane center said.
Tropical storms form when sustained winds are at or above 39 mph. The next named storm of the busy 2020 season would be Rene.
It was expected to become a tropical storm on Monday. Tropical storms form when sustained winds are at or above 39 mph.
The depression was moving west-northwest at slow 6 mph Monday morning and was expected to turn to the west-northwest on late Monday and Tuesday.
It was too early to determine if Paulette or Tropical Depression 18 would pose a threat to Florida or the United States.
Meanwhile, the hurricane center was also monitoring an area of low pressure that emerged early Sunday a few hundred miles southeast of Bermuda. It has been given a 30% chance of development in the next five days, according to the hurricane center.
A tropical wave located over the central Caribbean Sea south of Jamaica fell apart late Sunday.
This is the time of year when storms tend to form in the open Atlantic, particularly near the Cabo Verde Islands. Those storms, which grow in size and intensity as they make the long trek westward across the Atlantic Ocean, are historically the most powerful and destructive hurricanes.
So far, there have been 16 tropical storms and four hurricanes this season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
Laura was the season's first major hurricane, making landfall in Cameron, La., as a Category 4 on Aug. 27. Hanna, Isaias and Marco were Category 1 hurricanes that made landfall in Padre Island, Texas; Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; and at the mouth of the Mississippi River, respectively.
In August, the federal government issued an updated forecast for the season, predicting as many as 25 storms, which is more than the agency has ever forecast. The tropical weather experts at Colorado State University predicted that 2020 could possibly be the second-busiest season on record, behind only 2005, the year that produced Katrina and Wilma.
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