Tropical Depression No. 16 forms, Odette becomes post-tropical cyclone

Tropical depression forms Saturday east of northern Leeward Islands

ORLANDO, Fla. – A new tropical depression formed Saturday night east of the northern Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 11 p.m. Saturday, the center of Tropical Depression No. 16 was moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph. Forecasters said this motion was expected to continue during the next few days.

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On the forecast track, the depression is expected to pass to the north of the northern Leeward Islands on Monday and Tuesday. Forecasters said maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts.

Some strengthening is forecast. Forecasters said the depression is expected to become a tropical storm Sunday.

Tropical Storm Odette developed Friday off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Odette, which is now a post-tropical cyclone, has 45 mph sustained winds and is moving east-northeast at 18 mph, according to the latest National Hurricane Center advisory.

Forecasters said a turn toward the east and east-southeast with a decrease in forward speed is expected Monday and Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Odette will pass well south of Atlantic Canada on Saturday night through Monday.

Strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, according to the NHC. Odette will likely slowly down and meander in the North Atlantic through the middle of next week. Odette is not a threat to the U.S. other than increasing surf and the rip current risk for New England.

The next names for the 2021 hurricane season are Peter and Rose. Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.