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LIVE TRACK: Tropical storms Paulette, Rene and the rest of the tropics

Next named storm will be called Sally

ORLANDO, Fla. – Thursday marks the peak of the 2020 record-setting hurricane season, and the tropics aren’t disappointing as weather experts are currently tracking four systems.

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Closest to Florida is an area of low pressure about 300 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center says the system has a 30% chance of tropical development over the next two days.

The low is slowly moving west-northwest toward the coast of the Carolinas. It will not directly impact Florida but will increase rain chances in the Orlando area.

Tropical Storm Paulette, meanwhile, has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is moving northwest and 10 mph. It’s currently about 1,035 miles from the Lesser Antilles.

Paulette will eventually make a turn to the north as it is steered by a big area of high pressure. It’s also a non-factor for Florida.

Behind Paulette is Tropical Storm Rene, which had been downgraded to a tropical depression but has since re-strengthened.

The hurricane center says the storm’s maximum sustained winds increased to near 40 mph Wednesday morning with additional strengthening expected over the next few days.

Rene was centered about 590 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and was moving west-northwest near 13 mph.

The storm isn’t posing a threat to any land.

Earlier this week, Rene became the earliest named "R" storm on record, breaking the previous mark set by Rita, which formed Sept. 18, 2005.

Elsewhere, a tropical wave is forecast to emerge by Thursday off the coast of Africa.

Gradual development is expected once the system moves over water.

The hurricane center says it has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical system over the next five days.

It’s unclear as of now where exactly this potential system will head, so we’ll keep tabs on it.

The next named storm will be Sally. After that, the only names left are Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.

If all 26 names are used, storms will then be named for letters of the Greek alphabet. The last time that happened was in 2005.


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