ORLANDO, Fla. – The peak of hurricane season continues with a new named storm and tropical depression developing early Sunday.
Tropical Depression 16 near the Leeward Islands strengthened into Tropical Storm Peter early Sunday morning. Additionally, Tropical Depression 17 strengthened into Tropical Storm Rose near the Cabo Verde islands in the eastern Atlantic.
As of 11 a.m., Tropical Storm Peter had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm was moving northwest at 17 mph. Peter is expected to pass north of the Lesser Antilles and strengthen slightly through the early part of the week. Interests in the northern Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the storm.
As of 2 p.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm Rose had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving northwest at 14 mph. Some additional strengthening is likely and a tropical storm is possible later Sunday or Monday. The National Hurricane Center said environmental conditions are not favorable for development and is forecast to begin a slow weakening trend.
In addition to those, the NHC is monitoring two other systems. The first system is off the coast of African that could become a tropical depression later this week over the central tropical Atlantic. The other system is from the remnants of Odette, which could move over warmer water and have subtropical or tropical characteristics.
System 2 is the remnants of #Odette, currently a strong non-tropical low, which could move over warmer waters and allow the system to acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics by the middle of the week. The latest outlook is at https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB (3/3) pic.twitter.com/MKl70Ujg9k— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 19, 2021
Odette became a post-tropical cyclone Saturday, meaning it lost the characteristics to that define it as tropical. The storm is expected to continue to move into the North Atlantic and not impact the U.S.
Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.
The next named storm of season is Rose.