Tropical Storm Josephine forms in the Atlantic, isn't expected to impact land

Posted August 13, 2020 7:21 a.m. EDT
Updated August 14, 2020 2:17 p.m. EDT

Tropical Storm Josephine formed in the Atlantic on Thursday morning. The storm continues to move across the Atlantic but still looks like it will be no threat to land.

This system is the earliest forming "J-storm" on record. The previous record held by a J-storm was one that formed on August 22 in 2005.

This continues the record-setting pace of this hurricane season -- which has broken all the records from the 2005 hurricane season. That year we saw 28 named storms and 15 of them were hurricanes.

"It will briefly strengthen into the weekend but run into wind shear which will weaken the storm before it moves closer to the U.S. The steering currents should also keep this storm out to sea," said WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell.

An area of low pressure moving away from the US has a chance to become a storm named Kyle. No impacts are expected here from this system either.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The areas covered include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

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