Tropical Storm Sally is born as South Florida gets soaked and wind-whipped

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Farther west, Tropical Storm Paulette is expected to become a hurricane on Saturday and bring hazardous conditions to Bermuda on Sunday night and into Monday, the hurricane center said. A tropical storm watch was issued late Friday for Bermuda.

Swells produced by the storm, potentially causing life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, are expected to affect areas including the southeast U.S. this weekend.

As of 2 p.m. Saturday, a hurricane warning was in effect for Bermuda as Tropical Storm Paulette was about 510 miles southeast of the island, moving at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from its center.

Paulette and Rene, the season's 16th and 17 named storms, both formed in the Atlantic on Monday. Models indicate the storms' tracks will stay offshore, posing no threat to Florida or the United States.

The National Hurricane Center said that two more tropical depressions could form soon from waves over Africa.

A tropical wave that emerged off Africa's west coast on Thursday 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 a 90% chance of development.

Another tropical wave is expected to emerge in the same area over the weekend and travel east. Forecasters said it could become a tropical depression early next week. It has been given a 40% 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 18 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, N.C.; 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: 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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