SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — We are just days away from the official peak of hurricane season and the Atlantic Basin is getting active! Within the 24 hours, a tropical storm and a tropical depression have formed. We could have two tropical storms as early as tonight.
Tropical Storm Paulette
Tropical storm Paulette formed during the late morning Monday and formed from tropical depression 17.
As of the 11 am advisory, tropical storm Paulette has max sustained winds of 40 mph and is 1,205 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It is moving to the west-northwest at 3 mph.
The tropical storm will slowly strengthen as it crawls through the central Atlantic during the workweek. By late this week into this weekend, Paulette will run into stronger wind shear and the storm will start to weaken.
Paulette will continue on a west-northwest track through this week. The stronger Paulette gets, the more north the storm will track.
Paulette is the earliest forming P named storm on record. The old recording set by Philippe on September 17, 2005.
Tropical Depression 18
Tropical depression 18 formed early Monday morning just east of the Cape Verde Islands.
As of the 5 am advisory, it has max sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving to the west at 10 mph.
T.D. 18 is close to tropical storm strength. It is very likely we could have another tropical storm as early as this afternoon. Circulation, as well as shower activity, have increased this morning, allowing for the tropical depression to get more organized. 18 will remain in a favorable environment (weak wind shear and warm ocean temperatures) for development.
These conditions will allow for steady strengthening through this week, possibly into a category 1 hurricane by Thursday. Late this weekend, the depression is expected to move over cooler waters and stronger wind shear. This will slow the cyclone from further strengthening.
2020 Storm Names
When Tropical Depression 18 forms, it’s storm name will be Rene. The earliest forming R storm on record was Rita on September 18, 2005.