Both storms will break records on Monday. Paulette is now the earliest storm to be named 16th Atlantic and forms earlier than previous record holder Philippe, which developed on September 17th, 2005.
Rita is the record holder for the earliest 17th named storm. It was founded on September 18, 2005. Rene will break that record once it forms on Monday.
“Tropical Depression Eighteen is very close to the strength of tropical storms,” says the NHC.
It will run through the middle of the Cape Verde Islands until Tuesday afternoon.
During this time it maintains the strength of the tropical storm and slowly intensifies as it passes through.
A tropical storm warning applies to the islands.
The storm will produce 2 to 5 inches of rain over parts of the islands.
Life threatening surf and rip currents are possible during the storm.
After moving away from Cape Verde, it will continue its stronger trend and is expected to reach hurricane status by Thursday.
Paulette is west of the Cape Verde Islands and not near land.
This storm has kept winds of 40 miles per hour. There will likely be a gradual strengthening. However, no hurricane is currently forecast.
Both Rene and Paulette are expected to stay over the Atlantic this week. Projected computer models differ in the expected strength of the storms, but both consistently keep out over open water and do not threaten the United States.
Another problem area off the coast of Africa could be the next storm, Sally. Experts will be closely monitoring this area as forecasting models show that the storm is moving further west than the current storms.
There is also a slim development opportunity south of Bermuda. If it forms, it could turn into Sally before the other storm. While tropical development seems unlikely, it could move near the U.S. east coast if it forms.
On average, the Atlantic sees only 11 named storms during a hurricane season. We are still days away from the peak of the season.