Hurricane Center tracking 4 disturbances, including tropical storms Paulette and Rene

The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday was tracking four disturbances in the Atlantic, including Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Storm Rene.

The named storms are not expected to pose a threat to Louisiana, but it’s too early to tell what the disturbance near Africa’s west coast could do. Another system could develop off the U.S. East Coast this week.

The shaded area on the graphic is where a storm could develop and is not a track. The National Hurricane Center releases a track when a system develops or is about to develop into a tropical depression.

Here’s what to know about the tropics as of 7 a.m. Tuesday from the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Paulette strengthens in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Paulette strengthened a little in the Atlantic overnight, forecasters said.

The storm is moving over the open Atlantic and is not expected to pose a threat to land.

As of 4 a.m., it was about 1,250 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and about 1,330 east of the northern Leeward Islands. It’s moving northwest at 6 mph.

It has winds of 50 mph and further strengthening is expected in the next day or so. Weakening is expected to start Thursday night.

Tropical Storm Rene expected to strengthen

Tropical Storm Rene was moving across the Cabo Verde Islands Tuesday morning, forecasters said. It’s expected to stay in the Atlantic.

It was about 55 miles southwest of Santo Antoa, Cabo Verde Islands, and is moving west at 15 mph.

The storm has winds of 40 mph and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in a couple of days, forecasters said.

Tropical depression likely to form

A tropical depression is likely to form late this week or over the weekend in the Atlantic, forecasters said.

A tropical wave is forecast to emerge off the west coast of Africa by Thursday. Gradual development is expected, forecasters said, and a tropical depression is likely to form while it moves west across the Atlantic.

The disturbance has a 70% chance (high) of developing into a tropical depression within five days.

Gradual development possible along East Coast

A tropical depression is possible this week off the East Coast, forecasters said.

The disturbance – an area of low pressure – was about 300 miles southwest of Bermuda on Tuesday morning. Thunderstorm activity has increased, but it remains “somewhat disorganized,” forecasters said.

Gradual development is possible of this system during the next two or three days as it moves west, forecasters said.

They said residents along the Southeast coast should watch this system. It has a 40% chance (medium) of developing into a tropical depression within five days.

What else to know?

The peak of hurricane season, which is Sept. 10, is approaching. The Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30.


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