Tropical Storm Josephine Remains Weak in Atlantic Ocean

August 14, 2020 Updated: August 16, 2020

MIAMI—Josephine continued to just barely hold on to its tropical storm status Friday as it traveled across the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was located about 575 miles (920 kilometers) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center stated in its 11 a.m. advisory.

Tropical storms have maximum sustained winds between 39 and 73 mph (63 and 117 kph). Josephine was expected to strengthen over the next day or so, forecasters said.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

Josephine was the earliest tenth Atlantic named storm on record, breaking the previous record of Jose, which formed August 22, 2005, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, and Isaias have also set records for being the earliest named Atlantic storms of their respective place in the alphabet. Only Hanna and Isaias this year have developed into hurricanes.

Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean earlier this month. Several others across multiple U.S. states were then killed when the storm made landfall in North Carolina and moved through the East Coast, leading to floods, tornadoes, fires, and widespread power outages.

Last month, Hurricane Hanna slammed the Texas Gulf Coast with high winds and rains that flooded streets and knocked out power across the region.