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Tropics watch: Tropical weather update for Wednesday, Sept. 9

Cheryl McCloud
Treasure Coast Newspapers

The National Hurricane Center is tracking four systems in the Atlantic basin: two tropical storms, a tropical wave and an area of low pressure moving toward the Carolinas.

Here's the latest update from the NHC as of Wednesday, Sept. 9:

More:Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene are no threat to U.S., but Invest 94L targeting the Carolinas

Tropics 8 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020

What's out there and where are they? 

1. Tropical Storm Paulette: Paulette is moving slowly to the west-northwest over the Central Atlantic.

2. Tropical Storm Rene: Rene regained tropical storm strength as it moves farther west into the open Atlantic.

3.  Disturbance 1: An area of low pressure is located about 375 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is expected to move inland over eastern North Carolina Thursday afternoon.

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 weakening is forecast during the next couple of days.

2. Tropical Storm Rene: After dropping to a tropical depression overnight, Rene became a tropical storm again Wednesday morning. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Rene is forecast to reach hurricane strength by Saturday.

3. Disturbance 1: Some development is possible before it moves inland over eastern North Carolina Friday afternoon.

  • Formation chance through 48 hours: low, 30 percent.
  • Formation chance through 5 days: low, 30 percent.

4. Disturbance 2: 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: medium, 40 percent.
  • Formation chance through 5 days: high, 80 percent.

Details on Tropical Storm Paulette

Tropical Storm Paulette 11 a.m. Sept. 9, 2020

Tropical Storm Paulette is moving slowly over the Central Atlantic. Some weakening is forecast during the next couple of days.

  • Location: 1,090 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands
  • Maximum sustained winds:  60 mph
  • Movement: west-northwest at 9 mph

Details on Tropical Storm Rene

Tropical Storm Rene 11 a.m. Sept. 9, 2020.

Rene became a tropical storm again Wednesday morning and is forecast to become a hurricane Saturday. 

  • Location: 510 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands
  • Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph
  • Movement: west-northwest at 13 mph

Who is likely to be impacted?

Tropical Storm Paulette: Swells generated by Tropical Storm Paulette are expected to reach portions of the Leeward Islands Thursday night and Friday and will continue to spread westward to portions of the Greater Antilles, Bahamas, and Bermuda into the weekend.

Tropical Storm Rene: It's still too early at this time to determine whether Tropical Storm Rene have any impact on the U.S. 

Disturbance 1: No watches or warnings have been issued for the U.S. East Coast. The area of low pressure is forecast to move inland over eastern North Carolina Friday afternoon. Residents along the coasts of North and South Carolina were advised to monitor the progress of this disturbance.

Forecasters advise all residents to stay informed and be prepared during this very active hurricane season.

Disturbance 2: It's too early to tell whether this tropical wave will have an impact on the U.S. 

Tracking the tropics in real time:

These graphics, which update automatically, show you activity in the tropics in real time:

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