2020 hurricane season

Tropical Storm Josephine Forms in Atlantic, Not Forecasted to Hit U.S.: NHC

Forecasters predict strengthening over the next two days before possibly dissipating back to a tropical depression

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What to Know

  • The 11 p.m. advisory Thursday keeps the system’s winds at 45 miles per hour with it sitting 760 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands
  • Tropical Storm Josephine is moving west-northwest and is expected to turn toward the northwest late this weekend or early next week
  • No watches or warnings have been issued, while the National Hurricane Center says residents in the Leeward Islands should continue monitoring the system

Tropical Storm Josephine formed Thursday morning in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters still do not anticipate it being a threat to the United States.

The 11 p.m. advisory Thursday keeps the system’s winds at 45 miles per hour with it sitting 760 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands while moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour.

No watches or warnings have been issued, while the National Hurricane Center says residents in the Leeward Islands should continue monitoring the system at this time.

Forecasters predict strengthening over the next two days before possibly dissipating back to a tropical depression. Josephine is moving west-northwest and is expected to turn toward the northwest late this weekend or early next week. Its center is expected to pass to the northeast of the Leeward Islands over the weekend.

Based on the current track and intensity forecast, the system would be to the north of the Leeward Islands this weekend and at the same time it will likely face another round of hostile conditions. The bottom line calls for minor impacts to the northern Leeward Islands and even less of an impact of Puerto Rico.

The latest probability of tropical storm force winds come in very low, currently only a 6% chance for St. Maarten and only a 7% chance for Barbuda.

Even if the system were to take a track farther to the south, major impacts aren't expected in South Florida.

Josephine was the earliest tenth Atlantic named storm on record, breaking the previous record of Jose, which formed Aug. 22, 2005.

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