Tracking the Tropics: Bands of rain from Sally reaching the Panhandle, Teddy expected to become a hurricane Tuesday

Tracking the Tropics

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Sally is taking aim at the northern Gulf Coast as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 100 mph.

Hurricane Sally is just one of several systems churning in an extremely active Atlantic basin. We’re also keeping an eye on Hurricane Paulette, Tropical Storm Teddy, Tropical Storm Vicky and Tropical Depression Rene as well as disturbance and a tropical wave that is expected to emerge off the coast of Africa in the coming days.

Here are the latest updates on the systems being tracked:

Hurricane Sally

Sally became the seventh hurricane of 2020 on Monday morning and has been rapidly gaining strength as it moves slowly over the north Central Gulf.

Sally reached Category 2 strength at 5 p.m. ET with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It’s about 90 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and flash flooding to the northern Gulf Coast as soon as Monday night and Tuesday.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Port Fourchon, Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton County line in Florida
  • Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Lake Borgne
  • Mobile Bay

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Grand Isle Louisiana to the Navarre Florida
  • Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • East of Navarre, Florida to Indian Pass, Florida
  • West of Grand Isle to Morgan City, Louisiana

Hurricane Paulette

Paulette reached Category 2 strength as it started moving away from Bermuda Monday morning. It was still battering the island with hurricane-force winds and torrential rains.

As of 11 p.m., the storm has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and is about 275 miles north-northeast of Bermuda. It’s moving northeast at about 17 mph. Forecasters expert Paulette to turn toward the northeast Monday night before turning toward the east-northeast Tuesday.

The Bermuda Weather Service dropped all coastal watches and warnings for the island territory Monday evening.


As of 5 p.m. ET, Rene has dissipated. Remnants are moving west-northwest with 30 mph winds.

Tropical Storm Teddy

Tropical Storm Teddy formed in the Atlantic Monday morning from Tropical Depression 20 and is forecast to reach hurricane strength later this week, the National Hurricane Center said. Teddy is the earliest “T” named storm on record in the Atlantic basin.

Teddy is gaining strength and has maximum wind speeds of 50 mph as of 11 p.m. ET, according to the NHC. It’s about 1,100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west at about 13 mph.

The NHC says Teddy will strengthen steadily in the coming days. It’s expected to become a hurricane Tuesday and could reach major hurricane strength by Thursday, according to the latest NHC advisory.

Tropical Storm Vicky

Tropical Depression 21 strengthened into Tropical Storm Vicky Monday morning, but it is expected to be a short-lived system. The NHC’s 11 p.m. ET advisory says Vicky is a little stronger than previously estimated but still expected to weaken.

The storm has 50 mph maximum sustained winds as of 11 p.m. Monday and is about 455 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. It’s moving northwest at about 7 mph and is expected to turn toward the northwest more Monday night.

Vicky is the twentieth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. There is now only one name left on this year’s list of hurricane names: Wilfred.

Once this year’s list of names runs out, storms will start being named after the letters in the Greek alphabet. The last year we reached the Greek alphabet was in 2005.

Other areas to watch

Forecasters are also watching an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico and a tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa Monday.

The disturbance in the Gulf is a broad area of low pressure that’s producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms with a low chance of development. The NHC says upper-level winds will not be very conducive for the system to develop. Any potential development would happen slowly as the system moves southwestward, forecasters say.

The tropical wave being monitored is over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity.

“Environmental conditions appear to be conducive for slow development of the system this week as it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph,” the NHC’s 2 p.m. outlook said.

The wave has been given a low 20 percent chance of formation through the next 48 hours and a medium 50 percent chance of formation through the next five days.


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