SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Tropical Storm Josephine is heading west-northwestward over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.
As of 11 PM, Tropical Storm Josephine has sustained wind of 45 mph with wind gusts of 60 mph. Movement is to the west-northwest at 17 mph and is located 760 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.
This general movement is expected to continue for the next couple of days followed by a turn toward the northwest late this weekend or early next week. On this forecast track, the center of Josephine is expected to pass to the northeast of the Leeward Islands over the weekend.
Josephine will be encountering some upper-level wind shear that will begin to tear the storm apart by Monday and into Tuesday. Also, there is some dry air in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere that will help to inhibit strengthening.
With the present track, staying north of the Caribbean islands and making a turn before making it to the Bahamas, there is no threat to any land at this time.
This is the earliest “J” storm to form in the Atlantic since the previous record set in 2005. Tropical Storm Jose formed on August 22, 2005.