FORBES: By Nicholas Reimann – Just hours after Tropical Storm Odette formed off the East Coast, forecasters say another system in the central Atlantic is about to become Tropical Storm Peter, as the frenetic pace of storm development over the past few weeks doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
Odette formed on Friday afternoon, and was situated about 235 miles east of Massachusetts Saturday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
The storm could bring “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” along the East Coast, but its main impacts are expected to be in maritime Canada, where the system is expected to bring rain and wind Sunday and Monday.
Another system over the central Atlantic has a 90 percent chance of developing within the next 48 hours and could become Tropical Storm Peter later on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
That area of disturbed weather is gradually moving toward the northwest, but it remains unclear at this point what how strong the system might become and where it might eventually track.
There is yet another system in the far eastern Atlantic, which forecasters give a 40% chance of developing as it tracks northward near the Cabo Verde islands off the coast of Africa.
Despite the rampant activity in the Atlantic, it’s now past the historical peak of hurricane season, which is around September 10.
This season has already brought devastating storms to the United States. Hurricane Ida has been the most notable among them so far, after making landfall in Louisiana on August 29 with 150 mph maximum sustained winds, putting it in tie for the strongest storm in terms of wind speed to ever hit the hurricane-prone state. Coastal communities in the storm’s path were largely destroyed, and parts of the New Orleans area remain without power almost three weeks after the storm pushed through. But the biggest loss of life came in the New York City area, after Ida’s remnants brought rains that triggered the area’s first-ever flash flood emergency. At least 48 deaths have been attributed to the storm in New York and New Jersey. Ida slammed the U.S. just weeks after Tropical Storm Fred brought historic flooding to parts of western North Carolina, causing at least six deaths in the region. In recent days, the remnants of Hurricane Nicholas soaked parts of Louisiana that had already suffered severe damage during Ida.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
A forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released on August 4, called for 15-21 named storms during this hurricane season. With Odette’s formation, there have already been 15 storms.