Tropical Storm Paulette the closest of the two storms was still 1,580 miles east-southeast of Bermuda at 6pm yesterday and moving west-northwest at 8mph. A gradual strengthening is expected to occur later this week as Rene is likely to become a hurricane in a couple of days.
The centre of Tropical Depression Eighteen was located near 15.7N, 21.2W and is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 miles per hour (17 km/h) and this general motion is expected over the next few days.
The storm is slated to dissipate by early next week, National Hurricane Center forecasts show.
Little change in strength is forecast to take place today and the storm is expected to weaken on Thursday and Friday.
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But first a look at the two named storms.
Wind shear is expected to increase on Wednesday and could stop Paulette's intensification.
The depression could bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to the islands, as well as tropical storm force winds and rough seas, the hurricane center said.
Tropical Storm Paulette has gradually strengthen tonight with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.
The hurricane center said it could become a tropical depression by late this week or over the weekend while it moves westward across the Atlantic.
This year, there have been 17 named storms, including five hurricanes. That's an invisible box over the open Atlantic tropical belt from roughly the west coast of Africa to the Caribbean within which the majority of intense hurricanes form.