Tropical Storm Paulette strengthens in central Atlantic

Pablo Tucker
September 10, 2020

Both Paulette and Rene continue to gain strength as they move through the Atlantic, according to the latest National Hurricane Center forecasts, though only Rene is expected to become a hurricane.

Paulette is expected to weaken a little tomorrow and Friday before it gained strength over the weekend as it continued to approach the island.

A slightly faster motion toward the west-northwest is expected later today, followed by a temporary westward motion on Thursday.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is peaking, and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring recently formed Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene in the Atlantic.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said the possible impact of a tropical storm or hurricane on the islands coronavirus test system had been discussed by the Emergency Measures Organisation.


Rene was centered about 510 miles (815 kilometers) west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and was moving west-northwest near 13 mph (20 kph).

Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Storm Rene were not considered threats to the island last night — but the storms are expected to get closer to the island in the next few days.

Rene was a minimal tropical storm with top winds of 40 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Rene could become a hurricane in a few days.

Rene's forecast shows it briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane possibly by Friday. The storm was not posing a threat to any land.


The tropical storms, Paulette and Rene, will likely not be anything for those in the U.S.to worry about.

Another tropical wave is forecast to move off the coast of Africa.

The area of low pressure was about 375 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and was tracking to the west-northwest at 10-15 mph. Paulette's forecast shows it nearing Bermuda by early next week.

While showers and thunderstorm activity has recently increased in the system, it still "remains somewhat disorganized", the National Hurricane Center said.


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