NHC Update on TS Paulette and TS Rene

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    There are two tropical storms currently in the Atlantic, however neither is expected to cause any problems in the Caribbean.

    According to the National Hurricane Centre, Tropical Storm Paulette is currently moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), with a a turn toward the west-northwest or west expected during the next couple of days.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts.

    It adds that moderate additional strengthening is possible today and Paulette could be near hurricane strength by tonight.

    Gradual weakening however is expected by late Wednesday.

    Tropical Storm Rene meanwhile is also forecast to become a hurricane in a couple of days, as gradual strengthening is forecast on Thursday and Friday.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) and the system is currently moving toward the west, with a west or west-northwest is expected over the next two or three days.

    A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for the Cabo Verde Islands, off the west coast of Africa.

    On the forecast track however, the center of Rene will continue to move away from those islands later today.