There are now two named storms in the Atlantic on Monday (September 7) as Tropical Storm Rene formed this afternoon, joining Tropical Storm Paulette.
On its way to becoming the earliest named ‘R-storm’ in the history of the Atlantic hurricane season, TS Rene soon meets its first challenge: the Cabo Verde Islands off the western coast of Africa.
The Portuguese-speaking archipelago has activated a tropical storm warning, and is expecting strong winds and heavy rains as early as Monday night into Tuesday.
According to the latest advisory from the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC), the centre of Tropical Storm Rene was located near latitude 16.1 north, longitude 22.3 west—or roughly 180 kilometres east of the Cabo Verde Islands.
Rene currently maintains a west-northwest movement at 19 kilometres/hour) and packs maximum sustained winds near 65 kilometres/hour, with higher gusts.
“Gradual strengthening is forecast, and Rene could become a hurricane in two or three days,” the NHC indicated.
See related story on Tropical Storm Paulette below:
Stay tuned for more updates.