Met Office: Tropical Storm to pass north of Barbados by weekend

Clay Curtis
August 14, 2020

Tropical Storm Josephine formed in the mid-Atlantic on August 13 in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, according the the National Hurricane Center.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in its 11 am advisory said the storm was located about 975 miles east south east of the northern leeward islands with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

Josephine is now 975 miles off the Northern Leeward Islands and moving west, northwest at 15 mph.

Tropical Storm Josephine broke the record for the earliest J-named storm to form.

This 2020 season has been active and record-breaking so far. The storm path is forecast to move north of the outer islands of the Caribbean, where weather conditions are likely to cause it to dissipate.

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The most active hurricane season on record, 2005, saw 28 named storms, including Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

The weather system is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by tonight (August 12) as the dry air entrainment and wind shear is forecast to diminish enough to allow the system to get better organized.

The depression had winds of 35 miles per hour. The last, Tropical Storm Zeta, formed in late December and did not dissipate until January 6, 2005.

"We have never forecast up to 25 named storms, so this is the first time", said the NOAA's lead hurricane forecaster, Gerry Bell.

The names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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