Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) – Tropical Storm Paulette has developed in the Central Atlantic. The record-breaking pace of the 2020 season continues as this is the earliest “P” named storm on record. The previous record was held by Philippe in 2005. Paulette will continue slowly moving WNW and will still be in the central Atlantic in the next 5 days. Long-range global models have Paulette turning north before reaching the US East Coast or fading completely. It does not pose a threat to the Gulf.
Tropical Depression 18 continues moving west of Africa towards the Cabo Verde Islands. This likely become Tropical Storm Rene later today. It is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane before making a northerly turn into the central Atlantic. This is not a threat to the US.
Elsewhere there are two disturbances. One is near Bermuda and will approach the coast of Carolinas in the next handful of days. It has a low chance of developing. The second disturbance is still on the African Continent and will emerge in the Atlantic in the next few days. There’s plenty of time to keep an eye on it.
Right now there are no foreseeable tropical threats to the Gulf Coast.