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Tropical Storm Theta Is Record-Breaking 29th Storm of 2020

Tropical Storm Theta Is Record-Breaking 29th Storm of 2020
A satellite view of the Atlantic, from the National Hurricane Center and NOAA.

Tropical Storm Theta became the 29th storm of the exceptionally active and record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season Monday night.

No year on record has ever seen so many named storms, and officials are tracking two systems that could become named storms in the coming days. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Eta, which already caused widespread devastation across Central America, dumped more than 13 inches of rain across South Florida and inundated coastlines with storm surge, leaving thousands without electricity. Climate change is increasing extreme precipitation and storm surge.

For a deeper dive:

Theta: Washington Post, New York Times, AP, The Guardian; Eta: New York Times, AP, Yale Climate Connections, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald; Climate Signals background: Hurricanes, 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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