Tropical Storm Odette Forms Off U.S. Mid-Atlantic Coast

Tropical Storm Odette formed Friday off the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast.

As the system is forecast to move away from land, there were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

"On the forecast track, the center of Odette will move away from the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast and pass south of Atlantic Canada over the weekend," said the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC also warned of swells generated by Odette were likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along parts of the U.S. Northeast and Atlantic Canada coasts during the weekend.

Forecasters also continued to watch others areas in the tropical Atlantic for further development. There is no immediate threat to the Gulf Coast.

Here's the tropical weather outlook from Friday afternoon:

Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave and broad area of low pressure located about midway between the Lesser Antilles and the Cabo Verde Islands have become a little better organized since yesterday.

Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for further development during the next couple of days, and a tropical depression is likely to form over the weekend or early next week while moving toward the west-northwest at about 15 mph across the central tropical Atlantic and then near the northern Leeward Islands by Monday and Tuesday. Upper-level winds could become less conducive for development over the southwestern Atlantic by the early to middle part of next week.

Interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of this system during the next few days.

A broad area of low pressure located a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. This system is expected to move toward the west and then northwest at 5 to 10 mph over the far eastern Atlantic, and some gradual development is possible over the weekend before upper-level winds increase and the low moves over cooler waters.

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