SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — As of Friday, Sept. 18, all 21 names on the 2020 hurricane name list have been used. We are now using the Greek alphabet for the first time since the 2005 hurricane season.
That year, we had 28 named tropical systems getting us to Zeta in the Greek alphabet.
Of the 28 named storms in 2005, there were 15 hurricanes, and seven of those were major hurricanes. All of these statistics were records.
Subtropical Storm Alpha has formed near Portugal. Tropical Storm Beta will likely be forming late Friday in the Gulf of Mexico.
Meanwhile in the Atlantic, Hurricane Teddy remains very strong and we also have newly formed Tropical Storm Wilfred.
As of 5 pm, Hurricane Teddy is a powerful Category 3 storm with 125 mph sustained wind. The storm is located 520 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.
Over the next three days as Teddy gets closer to Bermuda, it is expected to remain a major hurricane. Some weakening is likely to happen as Teddy passes just to the east of Bermuda’s islands.
By the middle part of next week, Hurricane Teddy will be approaching Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 1 storm with wind of at least 90 mph.
Parts of the New England states and Maine may experience some effects of Teddy as it approaches. It all will depend on how east the path remains.
Tropical Storm Wilfred formed earlier Friday in the tropical central Atlantic. As of 11 pm, Wilfred had sustained wind of 40 mph with wind gusts upwards of 50 mph. This storm is located 830 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.
Movement of Tropical Storm Wilfred will remain westward. Overnight, Wilfred could strengthen a little. But by Sunday, weakening will begin.
There is no threat to any land at this time from Wilfred.
Alpha made landfall in Portugal and has now dissipated.
Tropical Storm Beta just this afternoon in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. As of 5 pm, Beta had sustained wind of 40 mph.
This system is expected to become stronger over the next couple of days and by Sunday, this may become a hurricane off of the Texas coast.
2020 Hurricane Names
As of Friday, Sept. 18, we have run out of names on the official list and will now use the Greek Alphabet.