Tropical Storm Josephine forms in the central Atlantic Ocean

Clay Curtis
August 14, 2020

Typically, the 10th named storm of the Atlantic season does not form until mid-October, meaning Josephine has arrived a month away from the peak of hurricane season.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami on Thursday morning said Josephine was located 975 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

"Recent satellite wind data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 miles per hour [75 km/h] with higher gusts". Interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of this system. Several others across multiple USA states were then killed when the storm made landfall in North Carolina and moved through the East Coast, leading to floods, tornadoes, fires, and widespread power outages.

The previous record for the 10th storm was in 2005, which is when an all-time high of 28 storms formed in the Atlantic, including Katrina that devastated New Orleans, according to Phil Klotzbach, a researcher at Colorado State University.

Hurricane Isaias pictured August 3, 2020. If either outlook materializes, this will be the second-most active hurricane season in the Atlantic on record.

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Tropical Storm Josephine path: Where is Josephine now? But by the weekend, the storm will move into an area with high wind shear that should weaken it.

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

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

Hurricane season peaks from late August into early October.

The names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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