ORLANDO, Fla. — Subtropical storm Theta became the 29th named storm of the season this 2020. This makes the 2020 hurricane season the most active season ever, holding the record for the most named systems in a single season since the 19th century when records began. The 2005 hurricane season had the previous record with 28 named systems.
Theta is a subtropical storm that could become better organized and acquire tropical storm characteristics as it moves east toward Portugal.
Theta will pass over 300 miles south of the Azores Islands, and it is forecast to lose its tropical characteristics, likely expanding its wind field as it approached Portugal at early next week.
A robust tropical wave has entered the Caribbean and it has a high chance to develop once it moves over the western Caribbean. The next name in the list is Iota, the ninth name in the Greek Alphabet.
Regardless of development, parts of Central America should monitor this wave. Eta left devastation for parts of Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala. This tropical wave is label Invest 98L for now, as we continue to monitor it.
For now, the rain chance will increase through the weekend and heavier rains and storms for early next week across the same areas affected by Eta.
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