'Zombie' Tropical Storm Paulette Rises From The Dead In The Atlantic Ocean


Storm surge from a Tropical storm

Storm surge from a Tropical storm

On September 14, Hurricane Paulette made landfall in Bermuda as a Category 1 storm. As Paulette moved over the island, it strengthened into a Category 2 storm before moving out in the Atlantic Ocean, where it began to dissipate. By September 16, Paulette had been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.

The storm didn't completely disappear though, and meteorologists were still able to track the storm's vortex as it churned around in the Atlantic. Paulette got lucky and hit a high-pressure trough that pushed it south into warmer waters, where it was able to regain its strength.

On Tuesday (September 22), the National Weather Service declared the Paulette had returned from the dead as a Zombie Tropical Storm near the Azores, a series of islands off the coast of Portugal.

"Because 2020, we now have Zombie Tropical Storms. Welcome back to the land of the living, Tropical Storm #Paulette," the National Weather Service tweeted.

Paulette does not pose any threat to the Azores and is expected to quickly dissipate in the coming days.

"Additional weakening is forecast to take place, and Paulette is expected to become a remnant low within the next day or so," Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesperson for the National Hurricane Center, told NBC News.

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