RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The tropics continue to heat up as we track two tropical storms, and two areas to watch over the coming days.
Tropical Storm Rose formed late Sunday afternoon off the coast of Africa with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, but Rose has not been able to strengthen much over the last 24 hours. As of Monday evening, winds are still sustained at 40 miles per hour.
The storm is currently moving to the NW at 16 miles per hour. By Wednesday Rose will weaken back into a tropical depression in the open Atlantic.
Closer to the U.S., Tropical Storm Peter is 150 miles from the Northern Leeward Islands. It is struggling against strong wind shear, but has managed to get a little stronger, with winds now sustained at 50 miles per hour.
Peter will not last much longer, and will weaken into a tropical depression by Thursday by which time it will be curving to the north and east.
Peter could become a tropical storm yet again as it moves toward Bermuda this weekend, but it will not bring direct impacts to the U.S. Mainland.
While Peter and Rose are thankfully remaining out to sea, these storms are just reminders of how active our hurricane season has already been. We’ve already had 17 named storms with just over two months left in hurricane season.