Tropical Storm Josephine forms in the central Atlantic Ocean

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2020

The storm, which is the 10th named storm in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, has maximum sustained winds of 45mph.

According to Colorado State University hurricane expert Dr. Philip Klotzbach the earliest "J" storm on record as of now is Jose on August 22, 2005.

Forecasters said they expect Josephine, the tenth named storm of the season, to strengthen to 60 miles per hour winds sometime Friday before weakening back into a depression.

Tropical Storm Josephine forms in central Atlantic on August 13, 2020. While Tropical Depression #11 failed to develop the circulation and structure for the upgrade to Tropical Storm Josephine, Wednesday's 4 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicates the upgrade should occur within the next 24 hours, possibly even as early as Wednesday night. Current forecasts bring the tropical storm north of the Leeward Islands by the weekend.

Only Hanna and Isaias this year have developed into hurricanes.

The storm is churning west-northwest at about 15 miles per hour and is expected to continue in that direction until it turns northwest late this weekend or early next week.

The forecast track of Tropical Storm Josephine.

As of Wednesday morning the hurricane center is not forecasting the depression strengthening to a hurricane.

If that happens it will make Josephine the earliest "J" storm on record.

The storm is also forecast to move north of Puerto Rico Saturday and Sunday as a weakening tropical storm or depression, keeping impacts low.

Typically, the most active part of hurricane season begins about August 20 and continues through September.

A look at the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season so far, with forecasts and actual storms that have formed.

The names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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