Tropics watch: Tropical weather update for Tuesday, Sept. 8
The National Hurricane Center is tracking two tropical storms, a tropical wave and an area of low pressure heading toward the Carolinas.
Here's the latest update from the NHC as of Tuesday, Sept. 8:
What's out there and where are they?
1. Tropical Storm Paulette: Paulette is located over the open central tropical Atlantic almost 1,230 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands.
2. Tropical Storm Rene: Rene is located about 265 miles west northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.
3. Disturbance 1: An area of low pressure is located about 350 miles west-southwest of Bermuda. The Carolinas currently are in the storm's path.
4. Disturbance 2: A tropical wave is forecast to emerge off the west coast of Africa on Thursday.
How likely are they to strengthen?
1. Tropical Storm Paulette: Some slight strengthening is possible tonight. Gradual weakening is expected to begin on Wednesday and should continue for a couple days thereafter.
2. Tropical Storm Rene: The Government of the Cabo Verde Islands has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for all of the Cabo Verde Islands.
3. Disturbance 1: Gradual development of the low is possible during the next two or three days and it could become a tropical depression while it continues to move slowly westward to west-northwestward.
- Formation chance through 48 hours: low, 30 percent.
- Formation chance through 5 days: medium, 40 percent.
4. Disturbance 2: Gradual development is expected once the system moves over water, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or over the weekend while the system moves generally westward across the eastern tropical Atlantic.
- Formation chance through 48 hours: low, 10 percent.
- Formation chance through 5 days: high, 70 percent.
Details on Tropical Storm Paulette
A slightly faster motion toward the west-northwest or northwest is expected for the next couple of days. Some slight strengthening is possible tonight. Gradual weakening is expected to begin on Wednesday and should continue for a couple days thereafter.
- Location: 1,230 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands
- Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph
- Movement: northwest at 8 mph
Details on Tropical Storm Rene
Rene is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane in a couple of days.
- Location: 265 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands
- Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph
- Movement: west at 16 mph
Who is likely to be impacted?
It's still too early at this time to determine whether Florida or the U.S. will feel the impact from Tropical Storms Paulette or Rene as they cross the Atlantic.
No watches or warnings have been issued for the U.S. East Coast as the area of low pressure targets the Carolinas, but the Hurricane Center advised residents along the southeast coast of the U.S. to monitor the progress of this disturbance.
Forecasters advise all residents to stay informed and be prepared during this very active hurricane season.
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