2020 keeps up its craziness with five cyclones spinning at once in the Atlantic Basin. NOAA’s tropical experts are monitoring six potential tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin, and five of them thus far are named.
The five systems are Hurricane Paulette, Hurricane Sally, Tropical Storm Teddy, Tropical Storm Vicky, and Tropical Depression Rene. With an additional six being monitored which hasn’t been named yet. All were spinning in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.
The U.S. Gulf Coast is facing Hurricane Sally, which is expected to slow down before landfall and be a major flood threat. Hurricane Paulette is approximately over Bermuda right now. Rene has weakened to a tropical depression while Teddy strengthened to a tropical storm. The latest tropical depression (TD21) has formed west of the African continent. According to Colorado State University hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach, there was one other time we saw this many tropical storms — cyclones, hurricanes, tropical storms and/or tropical depressions — in the Atlantic was in 1971.
For the 2nd time on record, the Atlantic has 5+ tropical cyclones (tropical depression (TD) or stronger) simultaneously: #Hurricane #Paulette, TD #Rene, Tropical Storm #Sally, Tropical Storm #Teddy and TD21. Other time was from September 11-14, 1971. pic.twitter.com/9ET1OoxE6f
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 14, 2020
Hurricane Sally is expected to hit along the coast of Louisiana or Mississippi late Tuesday or early Wednesday as a Category 1 strength, the hurricane center said. Sally is forecast to bring a storm surge and 30 inches or more of rain in parts of the Gulf Coast according to Accuweather.
This level of rain is expected to bring historic flooding to the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday through Thursday, Yale Climate Connections, reported.
If Sally’s coming impact wasn’t enough, Tropical Storm Teddy could become a major hurricane in the next few days. By Tuesday, it was packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and located 1,030 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Teddy is expected to be far more dangerous in comparison to Tropical Storm Vicky, the 20th named storm of the 2020 season, which is expected to be short-lived. Current forecasts have the storm weakening by Tuesday and becoming a remnant low risk on Thursday.
Hurricane Paulette made landfall in Bermuda on Tuesday with the storm’s strongest sustained winds measuring at 85 mph. Rene, which had been a tropical storm that was downgraded to a tropical depression, dissipated late Monday.
During three days in 1971, there were six active cyclones of tropical depression strength or more — Edith, Fern, Ginger, an unnamed storm, Heidi and Irene. None of these storms caused much destruction, Klotzbach said. It’s no coincidence the three-day stretch was Sept. 11th-14th a very active hurricane month.
If this is going to happen, it’s going to happen around Sept. 10, which is the peak of the season” Klotzbach said. “The forecast is for an active season. We’ve already had twenty named storms.”
Paulette knocked out power to 25,000 of the 36,000 customers on Bermuda on Monday morning. By Tuesday morning, power had been restored to all but 6,000 customers, according to The Royal Gazette. No deaths or serious injuries were reported, though roads were said o be blocked by debris of the storm and damage to buildings in the area.
At 11 a.m. EST Tuesday, Paulette was a category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds, speeding to the northeast at 29 mph into the open Atlantic. Paulette has a chance to become a major category 3 storm with 115 mph winds on Tuesday night. However, meteorologists expect it to weaken.
The Gulf region is braced for impact from hurricane Sally — a little over two weeks after Laura’s devastating blow to areas over western Louisiana and the upper Texas coast as Anewspost reported. The NHC is calling for “life-threatening storms surge and flash flooding” along the Gulf Coast due to Sally. The highest storm surge expected the NHC is forecasting to be 7 to 11 feet from the mouth of the Mississippi River east to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including Lake Borgne.
Weather.com reports that a warning has been issued from east of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to Navarre, Florida, including Biloxi, Mobile and Pensacola. Further, tropical storm warnings are in effect to the west and east of hurricane Sally, including portions of southeast Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.
A storm surge warning is also in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in Florida, including Mobile Bay.
Anewspost recently reported that an estimated eleven massive waterspouts or water tornados were captured off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf seems to be rather active with storms this hurricane season. For detailed up to date information on the hurricanes and tropical storms that could turn into hurricanes, see the NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER and CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER website, here.