Theta set to make history as 29th named storm of the year

Theresa Braine, New York Daily News
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It might not become Hurricane Theta, but the tropical depression that’s on track to become the 29th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season will be record-breaking in its own right.

Tropical Storm Eta brought us nose to nose with 2005, the year Hurricane Katrina flooded out New Orleans’s Ninth Ward, among many other places. That year there were 28 named storms.

With the imminent advent of Theta, 2020 will register 29 named storms, the most ever for a season, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

This new system, being whipped up several hundred miles southwest of the Azores, and was projected to have an 80% chance of morphing into either a tropical or subtropical storm in the next five days, the Sun-Sentinel said.

Also under close watch are a couple of other systems, one with a 50-50 chance of becoming an official storm, The Washington Post reported.

Theta, if it forms, is slated to stick to the sea, moving toward the northeastern Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said. As of Monday afternoon, the system was carrying 40mph winds.

Already, over the weekend, Tropical Storm Eta dumped as many as 14 inches of rain on several Florida cities, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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