Hurricane center tracking Paulette, Rene and two waves

There are two tropical storms in the Atlantic, and both lost some steam on Tuesday.

And there are two other potential storms out there, too — and one of them is headed toward the Carolinas.

But first a look at the two named storms.

The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Paulette had 60 mph winds on Tuesday night as it continued tracking westward in the central Atlantic far from land. That’s down from 65 mph earlier today.

As of 10 p.m. CDT Tuesday, Paulette was located about 1,185 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands and was moving northwest at 9 mph.

The long-range forecast track for Paulette shows it moving north of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. However, forecasters noted that differences in Paulette’s speed on Wednesday and Thursday “could result in a very different track late in the period since it affects the point at which the tropical storm will turn northwestward.”

Behind Paulette is Rene, which brought wind and rain to the Cabo Verde Islands yesterday and into today but has moved away.

It has also weakened to a tropical depression, but that may not last long.

Rene’s winds fell to 35 mph late Tuesday, but it is expected to strengthen again and become a hurricane in a few days.

As of 10 p.m. CDT, Tropical Depression Rene was located about 360 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and was moving west-northwest at 16 mph.

Rene moved away from the Cabo Verde Islands today and is forecast to track to the west or west-northwest for the next few days. If that track holds Rene may not affect any other land areas.

There are two other areas to watch besides Paulette and Rene in the Atlantic.

The first will be something for the Carolinas to watch.

The area of low pressure was located about 450 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Tuesday night and was moving slowly to the west-northwest.

Forecasters said gradual development will be possible over the next few days “and it could become a tropical depression while it moves slowly westward to west-northwestward.”

The hurricane center urged those along the southeast Atlantic coast to keep an eye on it.

The second wave to watch was expected to move off the west coast of Africa by Thursday.

The hurricane center said it could become a tropical depression by late this week or over the weekend while it moves westward across the Atlantic.

There have already been 17 named storms this hurricane season, and NOAA has said there could be as many as 25 before it’s over.

Out of those 17 storms, five have become hurricanes, and three of those (Hanna, Isaias and Laura) have struck the U.S.

The Atlantic hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.


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