Tropical Storm Peter forms over the Atlantic Ocean

MIAMI – Forecasters said Tropical Storm Peter formed over the Atlantic Ocean early Sunday and a new tropical depression was circling over the far eastern Atlantic.

Peter was centered about 630 miles east of the North Leeward Islands, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a 5 a.m. advisory.

The tropical storm was expected to bring rain to the islands, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Tuesday. Forecasters were expecting 1 to 2 inches of precipitation through Tuesday.

Upper winds were around 40 mph and Peter was moving northwest at 15 mph. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

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Only two other Atlantic hurricane seasons have seen 16 named storms as of September 19 since the start of the satellite era in 1966. These were the 2005 and 2020 seasons, according to Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University.

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Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Seventeen formed on Sunday. Forecasters said it was over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean, about 330 miles southwest of the southernmost islands of Cabo Verde.

The tropical depression had maximum sustained winds around 35 mph. The system was expected to become a tropical storm later on Sunday or Monday, but there were no immediate threats to landfall, forecasters said.

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