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'Because 2020': Zombie Tropical Storm Paulette spins back to life

'Because 2020': Zombie Tropical Storm Paulette spins back to life
Posted at 11:32 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 11:53:50-04

This year is already one of the most active for Atlantic storms and hurricanes. Now, the National Weather Service says, as if 23 named storms were not enough, there is a “zombie tropical storm.”

NWS tweeted about the phenomenon Tuesday morning. “Because 2020, we now have Zombie Tropical Storms. Welcome back to the land of the living, Tropical Storm Paulette.”

Paulette is currently spinning off the coast of North Africa. It now has sustained winds of at least 40mph.

Paulette was originally tracked in early September. It gained strength and became a Hurricane, making landfall on Bermuda on September 14 as a Category 1 Hurricane. The east coast of the U.S. saw large sea swells and rising ocean levels.

Paulette then turned east and lost strength in the middle of the Atlantic. NWS observed the storm’s eyewall had eroded and made what they thought was their final advisory on September 16. A few days later, they observed thunderstorms wrapping around a low, forming a cyclone.

The National Hurricane Center, a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says Tropical Storm Paulette will now weaken in the next day or so and is not expected to get stronger.

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Scripps National Desk
1:29 PM, Dec 17, 2018

2020 STORM NAMES

Arthur

Bertha

Cristobal

Dolly

Edouard

Fay

Gonzalo

Hanna

Isaias

Josephine

Kyle

Laura

Marco

Nana

Omar

Paulette

Rene

Sally

Teddy

Vicky

Wilfred

TERMS TO KNOW

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.