What was eleven tropical depression rose in intensity Thursday morning with a 45 mph wind and may become stronger by Friday evening, the National Hurricane Center said in their 5pm evening tips.
This added intensity was strong enough for the NHC to call it a tropical storm and give it a name, making it the early “J” with the storm name to form in the Atlantic ever.
The previous record holder was Jose, which was formed on August 22 during the historic hurricane season 2005.
Josephine – pronounced JOH-seh-feen – is located about 865 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and is forwarding west-north-west.
“The storm is likely to continue to intensify but is expected to trail north to the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the weekend,”; says CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.
Josephine will start to encounter an unfavorable environment over the weekend. It is likely to weaken into a depression as it returns north into the open waters of the Atlantic next week.
An average season produces 12 named storms.
Josephine is the 10th storm named, and we are only two months and 13 days into the 6-month season.