Forecasters are watching Tropical Storm Paulette, Tropical Storm Rene and two other systems in the Atlantic early Tuesday. Rene is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane later this week.
None of the systems are a threat to South Florida.
Here’s what to know:
▪ Tropical Storm Rene is quickly moving across the central and western Cabo Verde Islands early Tuesday with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. It’s about 40 miles south-southeast of Santo Antao, with tropical storm-force winds extending up to 45 miles from its center.
The islands remain under a tropical storm warning and are expected to see heavy rain, tropical-storm force winds and swells that may cause “life-threatening” surf and rip current conditions Tuesday, according to the hurricane center.
Rene is expected to move away from the islands sometime Tuesday night and will continue to move west to west-northwest for the next few days. The forecast shows Rene strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane as soon as Thursday.
▪ Tropical Storm Paulette has maximum sustained winds near 50 mph with higher gusts and is about 1,330 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, according to the hurricane center’s 5 a.m. Tuesday advisory.
Paulette is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph and is expected to pick up the pace later Tuesday as it begins to move west-northwestward. Its tropical storm force winds extend up to 105 miles from the center.
“Further strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, with little change in strength expected afterward through Thursday. Some weakening is expected Thursday evening and Friday,” forecasters wrote.
▪ There is a low-pressure system about 300 miles west-southwest of Bermuda and is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms, according to the hurricane center.
Forecasters say the disturbance could see some gradual development in the next few days as it moves west to west-northwestward toward the Carolinas and Virginia area. Its chances of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours are 30 percent and 40 percent in the next five days.
▪ A tropical wave is also expected to emerge off the west coast of Africa Wednesday or Thursday and could see some development as it moves west across the Atlantic, according to the hurricane center. It might turn into a tropical depression later this week or during the weekend. It has a zero percent chance of formation in the next two days and a 70 percent chance in the next five days.