This hurricane season has been an eventful one! Tropical Storm Sally is now the 18th named storm of 2020. Sally has already brought heavy rain and wind to Florida this week, as she moved into the Gulf of Mexico. Flood watches are still in effect for much of Florida, including Bradenton, Fort Myers, and Tampa.
As recently as Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center was tracking seven storms in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Paulette, Tropical Storm Teddy and Tropical Storm Vicky are currently on the radar. Tropical Depression Rene dissipated Monday, but she set a meteorological record: Since 1971, it was the first time that 5+ tropical cyclones have existed together in the Atlantic. Another tropical depression is predicted to form this week, which will be named Wilfred. This is the last available name of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Next, forecasters will use the Greek alphabet to name future storms.