Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 9:02 am CST.
By BBN Staff: It continues to be an active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring 3 hurricanes, a tropical storm and 3 tropical disturbances in the Atlantic.
The systems being closely monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) are Hurricanes Sally, Paulette, and Teddy and Tropical Storm Vicky.
Category 2 Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama early today.
Hurricane-force winds are occurring in Pensacola, Florida and catastrophic and life-threatening flooding is likely along portions of the Northern Gulf Coast, the NHC reports.
The center of Sally will move across the extreme western Florida panhandle and southeastern Alabama through early Thursday, and move over central Georgia Thursday afternoon through Thursday night.
Hurricane Paulette is forecasted to weaken and become a powerful extratropical cyclone later today. Swells generated by Paulette will continue to affect Atlantic Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and portions of the east coast of the United States through tonight.
Category 2 Hurricane Teddy is expected to strengthen over the next couple of days. The NHC says that Teddy could become a major hurricane by late tonight.
Large swells generated by Teddy are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles and the northeastern coast of South America today and should spread westward to the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, and Bermuda by Friday.
Tropical Storm Vicky expected to become a tropical depression Thursday, weaken to a remnant low on Friday, and dissipate Saturday.
The NHC is also monitoring 3 disturbances in the Atlantic.
An area of low pressure over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is producing showers and thunderstorms that have become a little better organized during the past several hours. A tropical depression could form late this week or over the weekend while the low meanders over the southern Gulf of Mexico for the next several days. This system has a 40 percent chance of formation over the next 48 hours.
Showers and thunderstorms continue in association with an area of low pressure located a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands.
Environmental conditions are conducive for development of this system and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next few days while the system moves generally westward at 10 to 15 mph. this system has a 50 percent chance of formation through the next 48 hours.
A non-tropical area of low pressure is located over the far northeastern Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles northeast of the Azores.
This system could acquire some subtropical characteristics while it moves southeastward and eastward at about 10 mph during the next few days. This system has a 20% chance of formation over the next 48 hours.
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