TRACKING THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Rose moving northwestward with no change in strength

Tracking the Tropics

Air Force Hurricane Hunters find Tropical Storm Peter a little stronger

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tropical Storm Rose officially formed Sunday afternoon, becoming the 17th named storm of the busy 2021 Hurricane Season.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is about 450 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is presently moving northwest at 16 miles per hour.

There are no current coastal watches or warnings in effect.

According to the NHC, some strengthening is expected through Monday.

Tropical Storm Peter also formed in the Atlantic on Sunday.

The NHC said at 11 p.m. that the storm is around 305 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands, has max sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, and is moving west-northwest at 14 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to continue on a west-northwest path while decreasing in its forward speed through Tuesday. According to the hurricane center, Peter will take a northwest turn by Wednesday.

The NHC said its outer bands could bring one to two inches of rain to parts of the Northern Leeward Islands, including the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico late Sunday into Tuesday. However, the center will be “well north” of the islands.

The NHC also said Peter is expected to travel north of the Lesser Antilles early this week.

Urban and small stream flooding is possible, and swells are expected to reach the Leeward Islands Sunday night and Monday, possibly causing life-threatening surf conditions.

No warnings or watches have been declared so far. The storm is expected to weaken slightly Sunday night into Monday morning.

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