ORLANDO, Fla. – How many systems in the tropics can the National Hurricane Center track at one time? How about six?
The hurricane center on Monday is issuing advisories on Hurricane Paulette, located near Bermuda; Hurricane Sally, centered over the north-central Gulf of Mexico; Tropical Storm Teddy, located over the east-central tropical Atlantic; Tropical Storm Vicky, off Africa; and two waves, one near Mexico and the other along Africa’s coast. The hurricane center was monitoring seven systems until Rene dissipated over the central Atlantic Monday afternoon. The final advisory for that system was issued at 5 p.m.
None of the systems pose an eminent threat to Central Florida in the coming days. Most of them either curve north before reaching the United States or pull away from the Sunshine State in the Gulf of Mexico.
Closest to Florida is Sally, which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane shortly after noon on Monday. The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center showed Sally’s wind speeds had jumped to 100 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Sally is pushing west-northwest at 8 mph in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for Morgan City, Louisiana, to Navarre, Florida. Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, including metropolitan New Orleans, are also under hurricane warnings, according to the latest advisory. Sally is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane somewhere in the hurricane warning area as early as Tuesday but will bring more rain to Central Florida before that.
“On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move near the coast of southeastern Louisiana tonight and Tuesday, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area on late Tuesday or Wednesday,” the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center said.
Hurricane Paulette, meanwhile, was moving north-northeastward away from Bermuda as a Category 2 hurricane Monday afternoon at 15 mph, packing 105-mph winds, according to the hurricane center.
The next named storm will be Wilfred. After that, the NHC will use the Greek alphabet for any named storm.
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