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Two tropical storms, 4 disturbances to watch as peak of hurricane season arrives

Posted at 9:36 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 09:36:39-04

(WTXL) — Meteorologist say September 10 is the climatological peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season and the tropics are staying busy.

We currently have seven areas being monitored across the Atlantic Basin to keep eyes on.

Two tropical storms continue to gradually develop out in the central Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Paulette and Rene will both slowly strengthen into this weekend before making a curve to the north. While Tropical Storm Rene will pose no threat to land and stay in the open ocean, Tropical Storm Paulette may pose a threat to Bermuda sometime early next week.

The forecast will likely change from now until then, but neither of these systems will pose any threat to the US.

There are two disturbances being monitored for development off of the west coast of Africa right now, both long-term areas to watch (10-14 days).

One of those areas has a high chance to develop and will likely be a tropical depression by the weekend. That system will begin a long journey across the Atlantic soon, while the disturbance just to its north has a 40% chance to develop in the next 5 days while it moves slowly west.

A tropical depression is possible by early next week as it enters a more favorable environment.

Two areas in the Gulf of Mexico are being watched with low potential to develop in the next 5 days.

Both of those are disorganized areas of showers and storms for the time being and have low short-term development odds. By early next week we could see better conditions for these systems, but for now they've got weak model support and it's nothing concerning to the Big Bend or southern Georgia.

Another system off the coast of the Carolinas is going to move inland near the Carolinas today and will likely not develop.

While there are no current tropical threats to our local area for the time being, it's a reminder that it's the busiest time of the year in the tropics so it's important to have a readiness plan in place.

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