Tropical Storm Josephine expected to form Wednesday

Our next named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season could form on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). 

According to the latest NHC advisory, Tropical Depression Eleven is located about 1,320 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands. It is expected to become Tropical Storm Josephine by 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

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The depression is moving westward at 14 mph. It currently has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. FOX 35 meteorologist Kristin Giannas believes the winds will get up to 60 mph while north of Puerto Rico.

However, as the system makes its way into the western Atlantic ocean, the storm is predicted to break up and weaken. The latest track shows no impact with Florida. 

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Josephine would be our 10th named storm of the season if it forms. 

Two hurricanes have formed in the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season so far. Hurricane Hanna formed and lashed the Texas Gulf Coast in late July. Hurricane Isaias formed soon after and caused damage to the eastern United States coast.

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Forecasters have predicted that the season will have more activity than normal. For example, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an above-average season, with 13 to 19 named storms. 6 to 10 of those would become hurricanes and 3 to 6 of those are forecasted to become major hurricanes (category 3 or higher). 

In comparison, the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season had 18 named storms, matching 1969 for the fourth most-lively season in the past 150 years.

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