MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Thursday, September 10th, marks the statistical peak of the Hurricane Season when the Atlantic basin has had the most hurricanes and named storms over the course of history and when conditions are the most optimal for the development of tropical storms and hurricanes.
The CBS4 Weather team is tracking Tropical Storm Paulette, Tropical Storm Rene along with a few other tropical waves.
At 11 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Paulette was about is about 1,075 miles southeast of Bermuda.
Paulette is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next few days.
Recently received satellite wind data indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts.
Little change in strength is expected through Friday. Gradual strengthening is expected to begin Friday night, and Paulette is forecast to become a hurricane this weekend.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from the center.
As for Tropical Storm Rene, the center of the storm was about 925 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.
Rene is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph.
This general motion is expected to continue through Friday, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Saturday.
A northwestward motion at slower forward speed is forecast Saturday night and Sunday.
Satellite wind data indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the couple of days.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.
There are no watches or warnings for either storm.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic, a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms located a couple of hundred of miles northeast of the Bahamas will drift westward and will likely be in the vicinity of Florida by Friday. This disturbance has a low potential of development (20% chance) once it moves past the Florida peninsula into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and conditions appear more favorable for development this weekend.
A low pressure system off the North Carolina coast has weakened to a trough and now only has a low potential (10% chance) of development as it moves northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.
A tropical wave is expected to emerge off the west coast of Africa on Thursday. Gradual development is anticipated once the system moves over water, and a tropical depression is expected to form late this week or over the weekend while the system moves generally westward across the eastern tropical Atlantic. This wave has a high chance of development over the next five days.
Another tropical wave is forecast to emerge off the west coast of Africa this weekend. Environmental conditions could be conducive for slow development over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean early next week while the wave moves slowly westward. This wave has a low potential for development over the next five days.