Two tropical depressions being tracked in the Atlantic

Katie Ramirez
September 9, 2020

Indeed, so far the 2020 season has only produced one major hurricane - that is, Category 3 or higher - in the form of Hurricane Laura, which reached Category 4 prior to impacting the U.S. Gulf Coast with extreme winds and major storm surge last month.

The forecast track of Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene. Tropical Storm Rene is forecast to "become a hurricane in a couple of days", according to the NHC.

The National Hurricane Center said Paulette had 65 miles per hour winds on Tuesday afternoon as it continued tracking westward in the central Atlantic. Here are the latest updates, spaghetti models and satellite images for Tropical Storm Rene.

Some forecasters, however, do use a metric they call "accumulated cyclone energy" (ACE), which measures a storm's six-hour wind speed and applies a mathematical formula to it to come up with an assessment of that storm's intensity over its lifespan.

The storm was centered about 1,285 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving northwest at 6 mph, posing no current threats to land.

The hurricane center said TD 17 is expected to become a tropical storm later today and continue to track to the west-northwest for the next few days.

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The NHC forecast "little change in strength" is expected throughout Tuesday, but "gradual strengthening" is expected on Thursday and Friday.

Another tropical wave is expected to move off Africa's west coast in a few days.

The take-home message this week is there are now no tropical threats to Florida or the USA, but the tropics will be very busy over the next several weeks.

"A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the Cabo Verde Islands".

"Rene may become a hurricane, but it may also succumb to the wind shear that may affect Paulette, and may also track over the cooler water left behind from Paulette, as well". At this time, there is no threat to Southwest Florida.

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