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Tropical Storm Paulette forms in Atlantic Ocean

Earliest 16th named storm on record
Tropical Storm Paulette
Posted at 6:11 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 23:37:18-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The hurricane season continues to be active with the formation of a new tropical storm and a depression in the last 12 hours.

Tropical depression 17 formed Sunday night in the Atlantic and became Tropical Storm Paulette just before 11 a.m. Monday.

As of 11 p.m., the storm has 45 mph winds with higher gusts and is moving west, northwest at 5 mph.

Paulette is the earliest forming 16th named storm on record, breaking an old record set by Philippe on September 17, 2005, according to hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach.

Paulette is moving toward the north-northwest near 5 mph. The storm is forecast to turn toward the northwest and move faster on Tuesday, and move west-northwestward or westward on Wednesday and Thursday.

Early indications are it may curve before it reaches the Bahamas, but we will keep an eye on it just in case. It may interact with tropical depression 18, located behind it, which also formed Monday morning.

Paulette's path and/or intensity might change because of its proximity to tropical depression 18.

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Tropical Depression 18 formed Sept. 7, 2020 off the coast of Africa.
Tropical Depression 18 formed Sept. 7, 2020 off the coast of Africa.

Tropical depression 18 also looks like it may curve early but bears watching in the upcoming week. If it becomes a tropical storm, its name would be Rene.

An area near Bermuda has a low chance to develop into a weak system as it moves toward the Carolinas. It will not have an impact on our weather.

Another area, a few days out from even exiting the African coastline, has a low chance to develop right now but will increase in the upcoming days as it gets closer to coming off the coast.

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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.