Tropical storms Rene and Paulette continued their westward path across the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday. But neither is expected to threaten Florida or the United States.
Both storms are expected to run their course before reaching the Caribbean Sea and Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker called the two systems “fish storms” — meaning their entire existence is limited to the open Atlantic.
“They’re both very, very far away and aren’t concerns at all for our area,” Linker said. “Neither of these storms appear to be any kind of threat to the United States."
Rene is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane later this week, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. Tuesday advisory, but will likely then dissipate far away from any land.
Paulette is currently the stronger of the two storms, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Rene’s top winds Tuesday afternoon had reached 40 mph.
The two storms did set records as the earliest "R" and "P" storms on record by over a week, however, becoming the latest indication of how active the 2020 storm season has been.
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.
This busy storm season has been compared to that historic 2005 hurricane season, when a record 27 named storms formed.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic, the hurricane center said it was eyeing two other tropical disturbances. Neither poses an imminent threat to Florida, but the one near the coast of Africa is worth keeping an eye on, Linker said.
“There is another really strong wave over Africa that’ll be coming out into the Atlantic in about two days and it has a rather high potential for development,” he said.
The hurricane center gives this system, named Disturbance 2, a 70 percent chance of formation in the next five days.
Federal meteorologists are also watching a tropical disturbance that was located about 300 miles west-southwest of Bermuda on Tuesday afternoon, with a path toward the Carolina coast. It was given 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.
The next named storms of this season will be named Sally and Teddy. The climatological peak of hurricane season is Thursday. But there is a long way to go, as storm season doesn’t end until Nov. 30.
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