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Tropical Storm Josephine formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday morning, forecasters from the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm, which is the 10th hurricane called Atlantic 2020 hurricane season, has a maximum sustained wind of 45 mph.

Josephine broke the record for the formation of the early season for the storm named J in the ponds: The previous record belonged to Jose, which took place on August 22, 2005.

In a mid-hurricane season, the 10th named hurricane does not form until October 19th.

As of 11 a.m. ET Advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Josephine was about 975 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands and traveling west-northwest at 15km / h.

No coastline hours or warnings were in effect.

Josephine is riding in the lower part of Upper Bermuda. Once it reaches a weakness in the counterclockwise vortex, which usually lives between Bermuda and the Azores, it will take a more northerly direction.

AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said “we expect this system to move on a curved path to the west-northwest and then north-west in the coming days.”

This projected route could take Josephine relatively close to the Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean this weekend.

Even if the storm center is above the open water, the system can pass close enough to bring heavy rain and strong winds to parts of the Leeward Islands.

The storm is not predicted to intensify into a hurricane, forecasters say, and could actually disperse within the next five days.

So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna and Isaias have also set records to be the earliest storms named Atlantic of their respective country in the alphabet. Only Hanna and Isaiah have turned into hurricanes this year.

Contribution: Associated Press

Kimberly Miller reports for the Palm Beach Post; Doyle Rice for USA TODAY

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