Eta lurks in gulf, Theta in eastern Atlantic, and there’s a system to watch in Caribbean

The Atlantic hurricane season is advertised on paper to peak in September, but tropical storminess has refused to slow in 2020. While the hurricane season officially has less than three weeks left, two named storms are swirling about the Atlantic, while a third area to watch is likely to become problematic by the time it reaches the western Caribbean.

A map of the tropics on Tuesday morning. (RAMMB/CIRA)

A map of the tropics on Tuesday morning. (RAMMB/CIRA)

Tropical Storm Eta, which was blossoming over the southeast Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, has already made three landfalls since its disastrous collision with Nicaragua as a Category 4 monster last week. Since then, the system blew through Cuba as a tropical storm and passed over the Florida Keys; it could make a fourth landfall somewhere between the Big Bend of Florida and the Mississippi River Delta late in the week.

Tropical Storm Eta floods South Florida

Subtropical Storm Theta, meanwhile, became

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