Tropical storms Rene and Paulette moving west through Atlantic; 2 more systems could develop

By Robin Webb, Brett Clarkson and Victoria Ballard, Sun Sentinel on

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A tropical weather outlook showed that the disturbance could potentially move on a west-northwest path toward coastal North Carolina and South Carolina. As of the latest advisory, it was located 450 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Finally, a tropical wave was expected to emerge off the African coast on Wednesday or Thursday and head west over the Atlantic. Forecasters said it is likely to become a tropical depression late this week or over the weekend as it moves across the eastern tropical Atlantic. It has been given an 80% chance of development.

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 17 tropical storms and four hurricanes this season, which runs from June 1-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, North Carolina.; and at the mouth of the Mississippi River, respectively.


Pauline and Rene set records for earliest "P" and "R" storms in any Atlantic hurricane season, breaking the record held by Philippe and Rita back in 2005, according to Colorado State University Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach.

The remaining monikers for named storms this season in the Atlantic are: Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred. Any storms after Wilfred would be named after letters in the Greek alphabet. That has only happened once - in the 2005 hurricane season, according to The Weather Channel.

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. 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.

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