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Tropical Storm Wilfred and Subtropical Storm Alpha form, Greek alphabet to be used for rest of hurricane season

Wilfred and Alpha not expected to impact South Florida's weather
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Posted at 10:57 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 14:04:34-04

MIAMI — That didn't take long.

Just two hours after Tropical Storm Wilfred formed Friday morning in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Subtropical Storm Alpha formed near the coast of Portugal, meaning we've officially entered the Greek alphabet for named storms this hurricane season.

According to the National Hurricane Center, this is the earliest we've ever reached the letter "W" in a hurricane season.

Any named storms that form from now on will be given a name from the Greek alphabet, like Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and so on.

LATEST FORECAST:

Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in Atlantic Ocean, Greek alphabet will be used for rest of hurricane season

SPECIAL SECTION: Hurricane Guide

According to the 11 a.m. Friday advisory from the NHC, Wilfred has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

Wilfred is expected to be short-lived and won't impact our weather in South Florida.

WPTV First Alert Meteorologist Kahtia Hall said the storm is forecast to run into wind shear over the next few days, which will weaken it to a remnant low by Tuesday.

The NHC said Subtropical Storm Alpha is a small storm and will also be short-lived.

Alpha is expected to move across the coast of west-central Portugal during the next couple of days before dissipating.

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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.