FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Tropical Depression 19 strengthened into Tropical Storm Sally Saturday afternoon.
It is churning off the coast of southwest Florida approximately 35 miles south-southeast of Naples.
Satellite-derived wind data indicate that Tropical Storm #Sally has formed and is centered just off the southwest coast of Florida. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph. https://t.co/wVCrCIjDrB pic.twitter.com/KC7Bq1Vror
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 12, 2020
It is packing winds of 40 mph and it is moving slowly to the west at 7 mph.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Sally is expected to move into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
There, it is expected to strengthen into a hurricane early next week before making landfall along the Gulf Coast.
Sally is the 18th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and it is the earliest 18th named storm on record.
The previous record was set by Stan on October 2, 2005
#Sally is the 5th Atlantic named storm formation this month, along with Nana, Omar, #Paulette and Rene. This ties 2020 with 1988 and 2018 for most Atlantic named storm formations in first 12 days of September on record. pic.twitter.com/Amev192ezj
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 12, 2020
According to Philip Klotzbach, Sally is the 5th Atlantic named storm formation for September which ties with 1988 and 2018 for the most Atlantic named storm formation in the first 12 days of this month.
There are also two other named storms in the Atlantic Basin, Paulette and Rene.
Tropical Storm Paulette is expected to intensify into a hurricane late Saturday and impact Bermuda early next week as a hurricane.
Tropical Storm Rene has weakened into a depression.
The system is not expected to regain strength and it will remain a fish storm.