Paulette nears Bermuda while Rene stays out to sea
Sep 14 2020
Once a tropical storm, Rene was forecast to become a remnant low cyclone on Monday.
Sally is expected to strengthen into a hurricane early next week as it moves northeast across the Gulf of Mexico.
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Tropical Depression #20 continues to move to the WNW at 10 miles per hour with maximum sustained wind of 35 miles per hour. Gusts that strong already were blasting some areas Sunday.
We can expect isolated to scattered storms each afternoon this week as Sally is off to our east, but the heavy flooding rains will be confined to areas around New Orleans and points to the east back into MS and Alabama.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Bermuda, with forecasters warning of rainfall amounts of 75-150 mm, along with a risky storm surge.
On Sunday afternoon, Paulette's hurricane force winds had extended outward by up to 60 miles (97 km) from its center, while its tropical storm-force winds extend out up to 195 miles (314 km).
In declaring a state of emergency on Saturday, Mr Edwards implored residents to take preparations seriously. The hurricane was moving to the west-northwest at 14 miles per hour (22 kph) but expected to make a turn toward the north on Monday, crossing near or over Bermuda on Monday morning.
Sally became the earliest 18th-named storm on record in an Atlantic hurricane season, besting Stan when it formed on October 2, 2005, said Colorado State hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. Additionally, Key West, also observed 9.37 inches of rain yesterday. That included a one-hour total of nearly 4 inches Saturday night.
Its current track has it heading toward SC by the end of the week, where its effects will be felt in the Midlands, according to the National Weather Service office in Columbia.
Tropical storms and hurricanes can form well beyond the statistical peak of hurricane season, which is September 10-11.
Storm Sally is the 18th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.