FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine in the Atlantic has an 90% chance of becoming a Isaias (ees-ah-EE-as) in the next 48 hours.
Isaias will become the earliest “I” storm on record.
The previous record was Irene set on August 7, 2005.
There is a lot of uncertainty with the track of the system.
Hurricane Hunters were not able to identify an organized center of circulation Wednesday morning.
PTC9 is located about 150 miles southeast of St. Croix and moving west-northwest at 23 mph according to the 11 a.m. advisory Wednesday.
Isaias would continue the steady record-breaking pace of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
It was the first time two named storms have occurred in May since 2016 and 2012.
— SPACE.com (@SPACEdotcom) May 18, 2020
It was the 6th consecutive year with a named storm before the official start of hurricane season on June 1.
Tropical Storm Cristobal became the earliest third named storm.
Dolly became the earliest fourth named storm on June 23, Edouard the earliest fifth named storm on July 6, and Tropical Storm Fay became the earliest sixth named storm on July 9.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) June 23, 2020
Fay beat out Tropical Storm Franklin of 2005 by 12 days.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed July 22, which beat Gert from 2005 by two days.
The 2020 Atlantic season had seven tropical storms that never made it to hurricane status which hasn’t happened since 2013.
Tropical Storm Hanna, slowly strengthening in the Gulf this morning.
— CIRA (@CIRA_CSU) July 24, 2020
Hanna became the season’s first hurricane on July 25, 2020.
Hurricane Hanna shattered the record for earliest “H” named storm by about 10 days.
The previous record was Harvey from August 3, 2005.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be an above average season.
Researchers have forecasted 20 named storms and there have already been eight named storms before peak hurricane season in August.