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Tracking the Tropics: Two new named storms

Hurricane season isn't slowing down any time soon with two tropical storms churning in the Atlantic. Thankfully, neither pose any threat to the U.S.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hurricane season is in full swing and we now have two new named storms in the Atlantic - Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Storm Rene. 

Paulette and Rene are the 16th and 17th named storms of the 2020 season and, as of now, do not pose any threat to the U.S. mainland. 

Tropical Storm Paulette is slowly moving northwest at 6 mph towards the Cabo Verde Islands. Paulette breaks the record for the earliest named 16th storm of the season, beating Philippe in 2005. 

While Paulette is expected to strengthen to hurricane status, it will likely curve north and east into the Atlantic and fizzle out in the coming days and weeks.


Tropical Storm Rene is moving a bit quicker than Paulette at 15 mph southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Rene breaks the record for the earliest 17th named storm, beating a record set by Rita on September 18, 2005. 

While still weaker than Paulette, Rene is expected to strengthen to hurricane status by the end of the weak. Its projected path will also keep it out in the Atlantic and away from the U.S. mainland.


Hurricane season runs until November 30, so we still have plenty of time to reach the end of the National Hurricane Center's list of names. 

If that list runs out of names, the storms are given the Greek symbols "alpha", "beta" and so on throughout the Greek alphabet. 


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