Four tropical systems and two waves being tracked in Atlantic

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The tropics sure have heated up as of Saturday night. We now are tracking three named storms, one tropical depression, one invest and one tropical wave.

We start off with the tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Sally meanwhile continues to develop nicely off the west coast of Florida. As of 8 p.m. Saturday, Sally has sustained winds of 40 miles-per-hour and is poised to move towards the Gulf Coastline early this upcoming week.

Meanwhile, out in the central Atlantic, Tropical Storm Paulette continues to look very healthy and is borderline hurricane strength. Hurricane warnings are now in effect for Bermuda. This system is expected to intensify, to a category 2 or potentially 3 hurricane, upon its approach towards Bermuda.

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To Paulette’s southeast, we have newly downgraded Tropical Depression Rene. Rene is being battered by wind shear in the central Atlantic and is only producing limited shower activity. This system is no longer expected to re-intensify.

New on Saturday night, Tropical Depression 20 formed just to the southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. This system is significantly farther south than the other systems, and will continue to move to the west over the next couple of days before it begins a west-northwest, and eventually northwest movement.
Its long-term future remains uncertain. It will greatly be influenced by a steering ridge to its north, and weather. Tropical Storm Paulette can weaken the ridge enough to allow the system to ride out to sea. Those with interests in the Leeward Islands should continue to monitor this system, even though the cone is taking the storm away from the area. A stronger than forecast ridge or a slower moving Tropical Depression 20 can easily shove the system farther west than forecast. No threat to the U.S. at this time.
Finally, Invest 97L was named off the Cabo Verde Islands on Saturday night. This wave is now an area of investigation, allowing the hurricane center the opportunity to run its suite of products on this wave.
While we don’t have a lot of products running on this wave yet, the early consensus is that this wave is likely to ride harmlessly out to sea, after bringing squally weather to the Cabo Verde Islands. This is unlikely to bring any impacts to anyone else.

Buckle up – we have two other waves we are watching across the continent of Africa right now, and one or both of those waves may move off the continent later this week and may lead to development. We only have three names left. After that, we would – and will – move to the Greek alphabet.

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