Tropical Storm Otto may brew near Bahamas this week

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist
October 19, 2016; 4:32 AM ET

A system in the western Atlantic may become the next tropical storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season this week. The storm could bring coastal hazards to the eastern United States at late week.

A cluster of showers and thunderstorms northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the feature being closely monitored for development.

This area is favored for tropical development during late October, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll.

Strong winds high in the atmosphere have inhibited the cluster of disturbed weather from organizing thus far. However, environmental conditions may become more favorable for development into the end of the week.

The next tropical storm in the Atlantic will be given the name Otto.

"Should development occur, the system will approach the southeastern coast of the U.S. at late week," Doll said.

However, a non-tropical system set to bring late-week rain to the East is expected to push the tropical feature away from the coast prior to reaching the U.S.

Despite the expected curve away from land, impacts from the system will be felt from the Bahamas to Bermuda and the U.S. east coast this week.

Areas across the southeastern Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will experience enhanced showers and thunderstorms and rough surf from the system through Wednesday.

As the system makes a turn to the north-northwest at midweek, dangerous seas will begin spreading outward toward Bermuda and the Southeast coast.

"The system will act to disturb the ocean surface and send out waves to impact the Southeastern Seaboard as early as Friday morning," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Chyna Glenn.

Rough surf and stronger, more frequent rip currents are expected from Florida to North Carolina to end the week.

Enhanced swells may reach the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts and the Canadian Maritimes this weekend.

Cruise and shipping interests venturing to and from Bermuda, the Bahamas and the East Coast should monitor the progress of this developing system over the coming days.

The system is expected to be swept away from the coast before impacts from rain and wind are felt across the Southeast. This is good news for those still reeling from flooding in the eastern Carolinas.

However, tropical moisture from the system may get pulled northward and enhance rainfall across drought-stricken New England this weekend.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, there are no other areas of immediate concern for tropical development.

The Atlantic hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30.