SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The tropics are heating up as we now have our 16th and 17th named storms of the 2021 hurricane season and a another system may develop near Africa.
Tropical Storm Peter
Tropical storm Peter formed early Sunday morning after organizing from a tropical depression. As of 5 pm Monday, Peter has sustained wind of 50 mph and wind gusts as high as 65 mph. Over the next couple of days, this storm will be in an environment that will support some slow strengthening.
By midweek, some dry air ahead of the storm will inhibit it from strengthening more than a minimal tropical storm.
The five day forecast indicates that this will turn to the north before getting close to the U.S., though this means it may become a concern for Bermuda late next week.
Tropical Storm Rose
Located near the Cabo Verde Islands is our next tropical storm. This system became a tropical depression early Sunday and has become more organized and a little stronger throughout the day.
As of 5 pm Monday, Rose has 40 mph sustained wind with 50 mph wind gusts.
The environmental conditions that this storm will be in will gradually become more conducive to support further development. Tropical storm Rose is expected to track to the north-northwest and gradually weaken due to dry air. As of now, this system poses no threat to land.
There have now been seventeen named storms in the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. If the tropical wave that is about to move off of the coast of Africa develops further, it would be given the name Sam.