Both storms will break records by becoming Mondays. Paulette is now the oldest 16th Atlantic named Hurricane, preceded by the previous record-holder, Philippe, which developed on September 17, 2005.
Rita is the first record holder named 17th Hurricane. It was formed on September 18, 2005. René broke that record on Monday.
“Tropical depression is very close to the strength of eighteen tropical storms,” NHC says.
It will pass through Cape Verde Island through Tuesday afternoon.
During this time, it will maintain the strength of the tropical storm, gradually strengthening as it passes.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the islands.
This storm will cause 2 to 5 inches of rain in parts of the islands.
Life-threatening surf and rip currents are possible with the passing of the storm.
Moving away from Cape Verde, it will continue its strong trend and potential storm conditions until Thursday.
Paulette is to the west of the Cape Verde Islands and is nowhere near the land.
The storm has sustained winds of up to 40 mph. It is likely to strengthen gradually. But at this time, it is not forecast to become a storm.
Both René and Paulette are projected to be out on the Atlantic this week. Forecasting computer models vary on the expected strength of storms, but consistently keep both out of the open water and do not threaten the US.
However, another area of concern coming off the coast of Africa could become the next named storm, Sally. Experts will watch the region closely as forecast models show the storm moving westward compared to the current storm.
There is little chance of development south of Bermuda. If it forms, it may become sally before the second storm. However, the possibility of tropical development seems unlikely, if it is formed it could move closer to the US East Coast.
On average, the Atlantic sees 11 named storms in just one hurricane season. We are still far from the peak of the season.