2 tropical storms, Paulette and Rene, form in the Atlantic

2 tropical storms, Paulette and Rene, form in the Atlantic
Pictured is the forecast cone for Tropical Storm Paulette as of 5 p.m. ET Monday, per the National Hurricane Center. (Source: NHC)

MIAMI (AP) — Two tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic Ocean, including Rene, which formed off the coast of West Africa.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for the Cabo Verde Islands, saying Rene would produce tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall across the island country Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Rene is the earliest “R-named” storm in a record-setting hurricane season, breaking the previous record of Rita, which formed Sept. 18, 2005.

Earlier Monday, Tropical Storm Paulette formed in the central Atlantic, far from land. It is not currently a threat to land.

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