CBS12 — 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.
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.
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.