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Tropical Storms Paulette, Rene continue moving west in Atlantic

Both Paulette and Rene were named tropical storms on Monday.

Two tropical storms that formed Monday -- Paulette and Rene -- continued to move west in the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday.

Updates from the National Hurricane Center Tuesday say Paulette is currently the stronger of the two storms, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Rene’s top winds Tuesday morning were 40 mph.

Paulette, which strengthened to a tropical storm Monday morning, was heading northwest at 6 mph and was about 1,330 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands Tuesday morning. Forecasters said they expected the storm to speed up and potentially weaken by late in the week.

Rene, which became a tropical storm Monday afternoon, was the faster of the two storms on Tuesday morning, traveling west at 15 mph. It was located 55 mph southwest of Santo Antao, Cabo Verde Islands. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the islands.

Paulette breaks the record for the earliest emergence of a 16th named Atlantic storm in a season. The previous record was held by the storm Philippe, which was named on Sept. 17, 2005. Rene breaks the record for the 17th Atlantic storm, beating Rita, which was named on Sept. 18, 2005.

Forecasters also are watching a patch of weather that was located about 300 miles west-southwest of Bermuda and was tracking toward the Carolina coast. The hurricane center is giving it a 30 percent of forming into a tropical cyclone over the next two days and a 40 percent chance to reach that level by the weekend.

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