Tropical Storm Sally takes aim on Gulf Coast, Paulette becomes a hurricane

WSAV Hurricane Central

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — There is no doubt that we are now in the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring 1 hurricane, 1 tropical storm, 1 tropical depression, and 2 tropical waves.

Tropical Storm Sally

Tropical Storm Sally formed Saturday afternoon in South Florida. As of 11 pm Saturday, it was centered 70 miles southwest of Port Charlotte, Florida.

Tropical Storm Sally has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, moving west-northwest at 8 mph. Sally is likely to gain strength over over the Gulf of Mexico, and making landfall along the central Gulf Coast as a hurricane late Monday or early Tuesday.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Florida’s Gulf Coast and a Hurricane Watch has been issued for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Sally is now the earliest “S” storm on record, beating Stan which formed on October 2, 2005.

Tropical Storm Paulette

As of 11 pm Saturday, Paulette has become a category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph. It is located 385 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

Paulette will move in a northwest direction towards Bermuda through Monday. The storm will then begin to track northeastward by Tuesday. Paulette could strengthen to a category 2 hurricane before hitting Bermuda Monday.

There is no threat to the U.S. at this time from Paulette.

Tropical Depression Rene

Tropical Depression Rene is barely holding on. Dry air and wind sheer will prevent Rene from being able to restrengthen into a tropical storm or hurricane.

Tropical Depression Twenty

Tropical Depression Twenty formed Saturday evening in the far East Atlantic. It was centered 1,805 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, moving west-northwest at 10 mph.

If Twenty becomes the next named Tropical Storm, it will receive the name Teddy and would be the earliest “T” storm on record. Fortunately, even as the depression is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the coming days, it will remain over the ocean.

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