TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The second of two tropical depressions in the Atlantic have formed into tropical storms on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Depression 18 formed Monday morning over the far eastern tropical Atlantic. It intensified into Tropical Storm Rene Monday afternoon and is the earliest “R-named” storm in a record-setting hurricane season.
The system may strengthen into a hurricane later this week in the open Atlantic and Rene could become a hurricane in two or three days according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Paulette also formed earlier on Monday. Neither storm is expected to impact the United States.
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