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4 named storms spinning in Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico

NHC: Florida Panhandle may be impacted by Hurricane Sally, which rapidly strengthened on Monday
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Posted at 10:59 AM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 17:02:31-04

MIAMI — Four named storms are spinning across parts of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico on Monday afternoon.

SPECIAL COVERAGE: Hurricane Guide

Tropical Storm Vicky formed in the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center on Monday off the Cabo Verde Islands near Africa. It's expected to be short-lived, however, and weaken to a remnant low on Thursday.

Vicky is the 20th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Tropical Storm Sally rapidly strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday afternoon.

According to the 12 p.m. advisory from the NHC, Sally was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and is moving west-northwest at 6 mph.

The NHC said Sally will make landfall in the area of Louisiana and Mississippi late Tuesday into Wednesday. Parts of the Florida Panhandle may be impacted by Sally.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Port Fourchon, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
  • Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne
  • Mobile Bay

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
  • Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, including metropolitan New Orleans

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Alabama/Florida border to Indian Pass, Florida
  • Intracoastal City, Louisiana to west of Morgan City

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Indian Pass to Ochlockonee River, Florida

In the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Paulette is moving away from Bermuda and is expected to curve out to sea without impacting the east coast of the United States.

In the central Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Teddy is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Tuesday, but will then curve north and stay out to sea, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Finally, Tropical Depression Rene, also in the central Atlantic Ocean, dissipated Monday at 5 p.m., the NHC said.

WPTV First Alert Meteorologist Steve Villanueva said the record for named storms at one time is six, which happened in 1971.

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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.