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  • Meteorologists have identified five storm systems forming in the Atlantic Ocean, including Sally.
  • Not all are expected to grow into deadly hurricanes.

Following the destructive Hurricane Laura, residents along the Gulf Coast are preparing for another round of heavy rainfall and storm surges upon the arrival of slower-moving Hurricane Sally. 

Accompanying Sally, however, are four other tropical cyclones moving throughout the Atlantic in an unusually active hurricane season. CNN reports that this is only the second time on record that five storm systems were all active simultaneously in the Atlantic, the last time being in 1971.


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The five storms are Hurricane Paulette, Hurricane Sally, Tropical Storm Teddy, Tropical Storm Vicky and Tropical Depression Rene. 

 

 

Not all of them are on the same path. Hurricane Paulette made landfall on Monday morning in Bermuda and will travel further north off the East Coast of the U.S. The National Hurricane Center noted that swell churned out from Paulette could bring high surf and dangerous rip tides. 

Paulette stands poised to gain strength moving over the Atlantic.

Hurricane Sally, alternatively, is moving North from the Gulf of Mexico. Vulnerable lowlands in states like Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are expected to get hit with heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Some regions are evacuating as experts forecast Sally to make landfall either Tuesday or Wednesday around the Louisiana-Mississippi border.

Sally is then expected to move further east, reaching into Georgia and parts of South Carolina by Thursday.


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Tropical Storm Teddy is anticipated to grow into a hurricane, but is currently more than 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, making it the eighth hurricane in the 2020 season. Meteorologists expect it will develop into a Category 3 hurricane or greater, but it is still too early to forecast if it will directly hit Bermuda.

Finally, Tropical Storm Vicky is the last system currently active in the Atlantic and is reportedly located east of the Cabo Verde Islands. It is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane. 


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Published on Sep 14, 2020