SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — There are multiple systems that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring. Two tropical storms are in the central Atlantic and there are other areas being watched for potential development.
Tropical Depression Nineteen
Tropical Depression Nineteen has formed near south Florida. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for a portion of the Florida panhandle.
The depression is moving to the west-northwest near 8 mph. The storm will move inland over south Florida during the next several hours and then head to the Gulf of Mexico.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35mph. The depression could become a tropical storm during the overnight hours. If it does, it will be named Sally.
As of 11 pm EDT, tropical storm Paulette has sustained wind of 70 mph. It is located in central Atlantic and is moving to the northwest at 16 mph.
This path takes the storm in the general direction of Bermuda. Paulette is expected to become a hurricane this weekend and could hit Bermuda as a Category 2 storm.
There is no threat to the U.S. at this time from Paulette.
As of 11 pm EDT, tropical storm Rene has sustained wind of 40 mph, making this a minimal tropical storm. Over the next 24 hours, Rene is expected to become a little stronger briefly, though this storm is not looking healthy on satellite imagery as there is very little convection around the center of circulation. By late Sunday, a weakening trend could begin.
The projected path indicates that tropical storm Rene will be staying over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean and poses no threat to land.