The Sunshine state is taking a short break from this busy Atlantic storm season: There are currently no systems that could develop and potentially threaten the Atlantic tropics — whether it’s the Caribbean Islands, Central America, the U.S. or even Florida.
This 2020 storm season is still setting meteorological records, however. Tropical Storm Beta made landfall along Texas’ gulf coast Monday night, flooded the Houston region on Tuesday and tied another record: This is the most named storms to make landfall in the United States in recorded history.
Beta is the ninth storm to reach the U.S. coastline this year, tying the record set during the 1916 storm season when Tropical Storm Nine hit the Carolinas on Sept. 6.
There have been 23 named storms, just four shy of the 2005 record of 27 storms. But 20 of the storms that formed this year set records for early development.
The old record for named storms forming in September is eight, which happened in the 2002, 2007 and 2010 seasons. The new record is 10, which is how many storms have already formed this September.
Hurricane season lasts through Nov. 30 and likely beyond, which leaves plenty of time to break the record of 27 named storms.
So, when will the next named storm form? Probably not in the coming days.
There was only one system in the Atlantic with a chance of formation, according to the hurricane center’s 5 p.m. Tuesday advisory. The center gave Disturbance 1 — located over Cuba — just a 10 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical storm or depression in the next five days, calling its formation “unlikely.”
Still, the system is expected to bring heavy rainfall to Cuba and the Florida Keys.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Hurricane Teddy continued to whirl as an “extremely large” Category 1 hurricane that threatens the Atlantic Canada region. It had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and was about 245 miles of Halifax in Nova Scotia. It is projected to weaken and hit the region as “a strong post-tropical cyclone” Wednesday.
Tropical Storm Paulette, still going in the northeastern Atlantic, is expected to degrade this week.