Tropical Storm Paul has formed in what’s been a very busy 2018 hurricane season. Unlike other storms around the United States, Paul is not expected to impact land during its lifetime.
In the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of Tropical Storm Paul was located near latitude 17.9 North, longitude 118.1 West. Paul is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph and this motion is expected to continue for another day or two. According to the National Hurricane Center, a turn toward the west-northwest is expected to occur by late Monday or Tuesday.
Paul is a marginal tropical storm now and should remain so for the next several days. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two by the National Hurricane Center; however, Paul is not expected to ever reach hurricane status. By Friday, Paul could weaken to Tropical Depression status or dissipate all together. For now, tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles
from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb or 29.65 inches.