A tropical depression over the Atlantic turned into a tropical storm, while another system is expected to intensify on Monday as the peak of the hurricane season is only days away.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said the two systems are gaining strength in the central and eastern portions of the Atlantic Basin, with one system triggering a warning off the coast of continental Africa.
A tropical storm warning has been issued in the Cabo Verde Islands due to Tropical Depression 18, according to the NHC.
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“Depression almost a tropical storm,” said the NHC.
The Depression should bring 2 to 5 inches of rain to the Cabo Verde Islands by Tuesday.
Tropical storm winds and heavy surf are expected to hit the islands by Monday evening.
The second system, Tropical Depression 17, was reinforced to Tropical Storm Paulette on Monday.
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Forecasters said as of Monday morning it was centered 1,205 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands. The maximum sustained winds were measured at 40 miles per hour while moving from west to northwest at 3 miles per hour.
“Modest additional reinforcements are expected in the next few days.” said the NHC.
There are no coast guards and warnings as Paulette stays way out over open water.
Historically, September produces most of the tropical activity in the Atlantic Basin.
According to Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, Paulette set a record for the earliest tropical systems named “P”.
The previous record for the earliest 16th Atlantic named storm was Philippe, which was established on September 17, 2005. Klotzbach tweeted early Monday.
If the other tropical depression intensifies into a tropical storm on Monday, it would also set a record for the previous storm named “R” named Rene. The previous record for the earliest 17th Atlantic named storm was Rita, which turned into a tropical storm on September 18, 2005.
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This 2020 season has been active so far, with multiple storms breaking records for their respective letter on how early they formed.
The two most recent storms, Nana and Omar, were the earliest recorded storms of the 14th and 15th centuries, according to Klotzbach, and hit the arrival of Nate on September 6, 2005 and Ophelia on September 7.
Hurricane season is now in its busiest month, as activity historically spikes until September 10, when it peaks and then slowly begins to decline.
Historically, around two-thirds of all hurricane activity in the Atlantic occurs between August 20 and October 10. Klotzbach tweeted earlier this month.
NOAA forecasters are now calling for up to 25 named storms with winds of 39 miles per hour or more. Seven to ten of these could turn into hurricanes. Among these hurricanes will be three to six larger ones classified as Categories 3, 4, and 5 with wind speeds of 111 miles per hour or higher.
That is well over an average year. Based on data from 1981 to 2010, there are 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. So far this year there have been 16 named storms, including five hurricanes.
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The 2020 hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1st to November 30th and includes the names Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaiah, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette and Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.
Fox News’ Adam Klotz and Brandon Noriega contributed to this report.