Two active storms are currently swirling in the Atlantic, with the Bermuda Weather Service declaring Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Depression Rene “not a threat to Bermuda at this time”.
Of Tropical Storm Paulette, the US National Hurricane Center said, “At 500 AM AST [0900 UTC], the center of tropical storm Paulette was located near latitude 19.2 north and longitude 45.6 west. Paulette is heading west at nearly 8 mph [13 km/h]. A slightly faster west-northwest movement is expected later today, followed by a temporary westward movement on Thursday. A return to the west-northwest is expected on Friday.
Tropical Storm Paulette, graphic courtesy of BWS:
“Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph [95 km/h] with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected today, with gradual weakening expected Thursday and Friday.
“Tropical storm force winds extend up to 175 miles [280 km] of the Center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb [29.44 inches].
On Tropical Depression Rene, the NHC said: “At 500 AM AST [0900 UTC], the center of the René Tropical Depression was located near latitude 17.4 north and longitude 30.5 west. The low is moving west-northwest at nearly 14 mph [22 km/h], and a west-northwest movement is expected for the next few days, followed by a turn to the northwest.
Tropical Depression Rene, courtesy of BWS:
“Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph [55 km/h] with higher gusts. Satellite imagery shows the system is getting better and better, and Rene is expected to regain the strength of a tropical storm later today and become a hurricane in a few days.
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