Storm Systems Being Watched As Hurricane Season ‘Peak’ Hits

Pablo Tucker
September 11, 2020

According to the National Hurricane Center and meteorologists at local NBC affiliate WESH 2, there are seven systems now being monitored, so this year's September 10th forecast is proving to hold true to previous years patterns.

Bottom line for Southwest Florida: Regardless of development, this will keep our rain chances elevated this weekend, which means we'll see numerous showers and storms during the afternoons and evenings-but that's nothing out of the ordinary from what we've already seen this week.

Its development chances rose from 20 percent to 30 percent over the next five days.

There are now no tropical threats to Southwest Florida, but with that said, things can change quickly, so it's time to pay attention and stay informed.

Forecasters are also keeping a keen eye to the east, where two tropical waves moving off the coast of Africa continue to develop.

It's still too early to speculate if this system will turn north before reaching the USA, so we'll have to keep a close eye on it over the next several days.

By the way, the next four names on the storm list are Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.

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What gets our attention with this potential system is we'll likely see it come off the coast of African farther south than Paulette and Rene, and those southern trajectories are the ones we have to monitor closely because they have the potential to make it closer to the USA mainland.

Tropical Storm Paulette could take aim at Bermuda as a hurricane on Monday.

The storm has maximum sustained winds that are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

As of 4 a.m. CDT Friday, Paulette was located about 1,020 miles southeast of Bermuda and was moving west-northwest at 10 mph.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the centre.

Waves churned up from Paulette will affect the northern Leeward Islands today and then spread westward over the weekend to the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda and the southeast U.S. Atlantic coast.

Tropical Storm Rene is further from the island, but is still being closely monitored.

These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Rene continued to be a minimal tropical storm with top winds of 45 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to gain strength in the coming days, potentially becoming a hurricane on Saturday before weakening again.

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