Forecasters said Tropical Storm Peter formed over the Atlantic Ocean early Sunday and Tropical Depression Seventeen intensified into Tropical Storm Rose on Sunday afternoon, over the Far Eastern Atlantic, becoming the 16th and 17th hurricanes of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a 5 p.m. ET advisory that Peter was centered about 350 miles east of North Leeward Island.
The tropical storm was expected to bring rain to islands including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Tuesday. Forecasters have predicted 1 to 3 inches of rain by Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds were approximately 45 mph and Peter was moving to the west-northwest at 17 mph. No coastal watch or warning was in effect.
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Seventeen formed early Sunday and strengthened into Tropical Storm Rose in the afternoon. Forecasters said it was over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean, about 370 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.
Rose had maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph and was moving to the north-northwest near 16 mph. Forecasters said there was no immediate threat to the ground.
Since the beginning of the satellite era in 1966, there have been 16 named storms in only two other Atlantic hurricane seasons as of September 19. Those were the 2005 and 2020 seasons, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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