Tropical Storm Odette formed off the mid-Atlantic coast Friday a few hundred miles southeast of New Jersey, making it the 15th named storm of the season.
Meanwhile, a disturbance in the eastern Atlantic could develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the weekend or early next week, forecasters said.
Also, a third disturbance that recently rolled off Africa’s coast is being watched for future development.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, Odette was 225 miles southeast of Cape May, N.J., and 325 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, the National Hurricane Center said. Odette had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving northeast at 15 mph. Its tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 115 miles out to the north of the storm’s center.
The center of Odette is expected to move away from the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast and move south of Canada throughout the weekend. Odette is not forecast to reach hurricane strength, the center said.
By Saturday night, Odette is forecast to reach 50 mph winds and 65 mph by Sunday. Parts of Newfoundland, Canada, are expected to see strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday and Sunday night, the center said.
Heavy rain and high surf are forecast for the mid-Atlantic and northeast U.S. coasts this weekend in addition to parts of Canada as Odette churns it way through the ocean.
Invest 95L, located in the eastern Atlantic, also has become better organized, according to forecasters, and it could form into Tropical Storm Peter as it treks west-northwest in the general direction of the far eastern Caribbean.
But it’s too early to know where it may ultimately end up. As of 2 p.m. Friday, it was more than 1,100 miles west-southwest of the coast of Africa and moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour. It could reach the far eastern Caribbean by early next week.
“There is a high chance this system will become a tropical depression, then [a] tropical storm within the next couple of days,” according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Kottlowski.