MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Our tenth named storm of the 2020 hurricane season has now formed. Tropical Depression Eleven is now tropical storm Josephine after the 11 AM update from the National Hurricane Center.
Josephine is now the earliest “J” named storm on record with Jose being the previous record holder back in 2005.
At 11 AM, the center of Tropical Storm Josephine was located near latitude 13.7 North, longitude 49.2 West. Josephine is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next few days followed by a turn toward the northwest late this weekend or early next week. Recent satellite wind data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 mph with higher gusts.
Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) to the north of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb. By early Saturday, the storm is expected to encounter moderate to strong wind shear. This should cause at least steady weakening, and several of the forecast models continue to forecast the system to completely fall apart by the weekend.