Saturday 22 September, 2018

10th tropical storm of the season forms over Atlantic

(Source: US National Hurricane Center)

(Source: US National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Jose has formed over the open Atlantic - the 10th tropical storm for the season, says the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The NHC this morning advised that interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the future progress of Jose, which could become a hurricane by Friday.

At 11:00 a.m., the centre of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 39.1 West, a 1505 miles (2420 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.

Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h) and a movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the centre.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday.

Tropical Storm Jose currently poses no threat to land and there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

This development comes even as the many Caribbean islands brace for the impact of Irma, now a Category 5 hurricane, with 175 mph winds.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, parts of the Dominican Republic, parts of Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Southeastern Bahamas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe and Dominica.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for parts of the Dominican Republic and parts of Haiti.