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Tropical Storm Odette forms in the Atlantic

Two other areas being monitored for possible development

Latest Tracking of tropical systems.
Latest Tracking of tropical systems.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The area being monitored off of the east coast of the U.S. has developed into Tropical Storm Odette.

As of 11 p.m. Friday, the system was about 200 miles southeast of Cape May, New Jersey with maximum sustained winds at 40 mph. Odette was moving northeast at 15 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Odette is expected to move north toward Newfoundland over the coming days but is expected to stay south of the Canadian province and is unlikely to ever make landfall.

Odette is expected to transform into a nontropical gale-force low Saturday or Saturday night.

It is also expected to bring high surf to portions of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. coasts and Canada through this weekend.

What is left of Nicholas continues to weaken as a remnant low centered over Louisiana, but it is still bringing rain to Georgia and the Carolinas.

Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave and broad area of low pressure midway between the Lesser Antilles and the Cabo Verde Islands have become are gradually becoming better organized.

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Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for further development during the next couple of days, and a tropical depression is likely to form over the weekend or early next week while moving toward the west-northwest at about 15 mph across the central tropical Atlantic and then near the northern Leeward Islands by Monday and Tuesday.

Upper-level winds could become less conducive for development over the southwestern Atlantic by the early to middle part of next week.

Several computer models show the system eventually turning north, but it’s still too soon to know where it will end up.

The National Hurricane Center says the wave has an 80% chance to develop tropical characteristics over the next 48 hours, similarly over the next five days.

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And a broad area of low pressure a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms as it moves west then northwest at 5 to 10 mph over the far eastern Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center says some gradual development is possible over the weekend before upper-level winds increase and the low moves over cooler waters.

The NHC says it has a 30% chance to develop within the next five days and only a 20% chance of development over the next 48 hours.

As of now, Florida is not immediately threatened by any of the systems, although unassociated tropical moisture will continue to dump rain in the Orlando area through the weekend.

The next named storms will be called Peter and Rose.

Hurricane season runs through November.


About the Authors:

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on ClickOrlando.com, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

From chasing tornadoes and tracking the tropics, to forecasting ice storms and other dangerous weather, Troy Bridges has covered it all! Troy is an award-winning meteorologist who always prepares you for the day ahead on the News 6 Morning News.