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.
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Theta is a subtropical storm that could become better organized and acquire tropical storm characteristics as it moves east toward Portugal.
Read: Eta parks near western Cuba; flood risk continues for South Florida, breezy for Central Florida
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.
Subtropical Storm Theta has formed. It's not coming here, but that makes 29 named storms this season, a record, beating 2005 which had 28. pic.twitter.com/0AdDyK0QML— George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) November 10, 2020
ANOTHER TROPICAL WAVE ENTERS THE CARIBBEAN
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.
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In English below: Onda tropical/Invest 98 entra al Caribe y amenaza #americacentral con traer un aumento de lluvias a partir del fin de semana hasta la próxima semana⠀ De tener desarrollo tropical sería nombrada #iota.⠀ #Nicaragua #Honduras #ElSalvador #Guatemala⠀ ⠀ Tropical wave (Invest 98) enters the Caribbean and threatens Central America with an increased chance for rains starting the weekend.⠀ If it develops into a Tropical Storm, it would be named #iota, the ninth name used in the Greek alphabet.⠀ Regardless of development, the rains will be present until next week. #Nicaragua #Honduras #ElSalvador #guatemala
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.
ETA’S LATEST TRACK
READ: Tropical Storm Eta live updates: Storm makes landfall on Florida’s Lower Matecumbe Key
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