Hurricane forecasters have run out of storm names for a second year in a row, with just four names remaining on the regular list for the Atlantic Basin.
Meanwhile, the tropics are warming. As of Tuesday morning, forecasters were tracking four systems, including Tropical Storm Peter, Tropical Storm Rose and Odette’s Remnants.
Another tropical depression is expected to form in the Atlantic this week. It’s too early to tell if this could pose a threat to Louisiana.
Sam is the next available name, followed by Teresa, Victor, and Wanda. If these are used, this will be the third time in history that forecasters have used a secondary list of names.
Here’s what to know about the tropics as early as 7 a.m. from the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Peter in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Peter became less organized overnight, forecasters said.
At 4 a.m. Peter’s center was about 105 miles northwest of the northern Leeward Islands and was moving west at 12 mph.
On the planned path, the center of Peter will pass on Tuesday north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
There are 50 mph winds and a slow weakening is expected over the next few days, forecasters said.
Peter is expected to bring up to 6 inches of rain in Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and parts of the northern Leeward Islands, including the Virgin Islands.
The system is expected to remain in the Atlantic and does not pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Storm Rose in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Rose began to weaken in the Atlantic, forecasters said on Tuesday.
At 4 a.m., Rose was about 880 miles northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and was moving northwest at 20 mph.
It has winds of 45 mph, forecasters said, and further weakening is expected over the next two days.
Rose is moving north into the Atlantic and is not currently a threat to land, forecasters said. The storm is expected to stay in the Atlantic.
Tropical depression likely to form in the Atlantic
A tropical depression is expected to form Thursday or Friday in the Atlantic, forecasters say. It is too early to tell where the system could go.
At 7 a.m., the disturbance – a tropical wave – was a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and is moving west at a speed of 10 to 15 mph.
The shaded area on the graph is where a storm could develop and is not a trail. The National Hurricane Center clears a runway when a tropical depression forms or is about to form.
The disturbance has a 90% chance of developing into at least one tropical depression within five days.
Forecasters track down Odette’s remains in the Atlantic. The non-tropical depression lies 700 miles northwest of the Azores, forecasters said.
It is expected to do a small loop over warmer Atlantic waters over the next few days and forecasters have said it may acquire some subtropical features.
It has a 40% chance of transforming into a tropical or subtropical depression within five days.
Next name available
There are only four more names left in the regular list of Atlantic storm names. The next available names are Sam and Teresa.
Systems are named when they strengthen in tropical storms. Storms Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter and Rose formed earlier this season. Elsa, Grace, Ida and Larry got stronger in hurricanes.
Last year’s hurricane season broke several records, including one for the most named storms on record.
Last year there were so many storms that forecasters ran out of names and had to use the Greek alphabet. This is only the second time in recorded history that Greek names have been used.
Things have changed for this season. If necessary, forecasters will use a list of additional storm names instead of the Greek names. See the full list of names.
The additional names are:
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Carlie Kollath Wells is a breaking journalist at NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune | The New Orleans lawyer.