Tropical Storm Josephine forms in the central Atlantic Ocean

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Tropical Storm Josephine forms in central Atlantic on August 13, 2020. (Photo: WWAY)

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Josephine has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, making it the earliest “J-named” storm in a record-setting 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. It was moving west-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

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No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

By this weekend, it will move into an unfavorable environment north of the Leeward Islands and it appears probable that it will turn north and away from the United States east coast.

Josephine was the earliest tenth Atlantic named storm on record, breaking the previous record of Jose, which formed Aug. 22, 2005.

Only Hanna and Isaias have developed into hurricanes so far this year.

Get the latest forecast here.