The 10th tropical storm of the season has formed in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Jose could become a hurricane Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Per the NHC 10 a.m. CST update, the center of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 39.1 West or roughly 2420 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph, and movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days, stated the update.
NHC reports maximum sustained winds near 40 mph with higher gusts.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday, stated the update.
“The environment in which Jose is located in appears to be quite conducive for development for the next three days,” stated NHC Forecaster Christopher Landsea.
Meteorologist Ryan Maue said that Jose is also expected to become a major hurricane but “head north into open Atlantic.”
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and the estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb.