Hurricane Season 2021

Tropical Depression 18 Forms in Eastern Atlantic: NHC

The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm by Thursday and could be near hurricane intensity by the weekend

Tropical Depression 18 has formed Wednesday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, while Peter degenerated into a remnant low and Rose is on its last legs.

Tropical Depression 18 has winds of 35 mph and is located under 2,000 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory. It's moving west at 15 mph and is expected to strengthen over the next few days.

The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm by Thursday and could be near hurricane intensity by the weekend, the NHC said. According to its initial forecast cone, it does not pose an immediate threat to land.

Tropical Depression Rose has winds of 35 mph and is located less about 1,200 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. The system is moving to the northwest before it’s expected to make a northern turn and also die out in the waters of the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, Peter weakened to a remnant low Wednesday night.

Another system in the northern Atlantic has a 60% chance of development in the next five days as it moves in a counterclockwise motion.

Those potential systems would be named Sam and Teresa if they form. Neither is expected to impact South Florida or the United States at this time.

The 2021 hurricane season has been an active one so far, with 17 named storms already topping the average of 14 for an entire year. The six named hurricanes are below the average of seven, while the three major hurricanes are on average for an entire season.

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