AL.com: ALABAMA, USA – Tropical Storm Theta is not a worry for the US and isn’t expected to become a hurricane, but it was near hurricane strength on Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Theta formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday and made history in the process.
Theta is the 29th named storm of 2020 in the Atlantic, and has broken the record of 28 named storms set in 2005, according to the National Hurricane Center.
It’s also the first storm with the name of Theta, which is from the Greek alphabet. Forecasters burned through the storm names list in September and have named storms using the Greek letters ever since.
Theta started out as a subtropical storm, but transitioned to a fully tropical system as of Tuesday night.
Theta is nothing for the U.S. to worry with. It’s far out in the northeastern Atlantic and headed eastward.
Theta had winds of 70 mph, up from 50 mph earlier today. Hurricane-force winds begin at 74 mph.
Forecasters are also tracking Tropical Storm Eta in the Gulf, which could make landfall in Florida on Thursday, and another tropical wave in the Caribbean.
The Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end on November 30.