Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Tropical Storm Jose forms in the Atlantic, could be hurricane by Friday

Tropical Storm Jose forms in the Atlantic, could be hurricane by Friday

A new tropical storm formed over the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Irma is still about 1,500 miles away from Florida, but all of South Florida, including Palm Beach County, is now in the five-day forecast track cone.

"What I want to convey is that you should have your hurricane plan and preparation done Friday", said Dave Roberts, a specialist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Tropical Storm Jose, the Atlantic 2017 season's 10th named storm, has winds of 40 miles per hour, and was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts and some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

The storm may hit Florida, and it prompted Gov. Rick Scott to issue a state of emergency on Monday afternoon.

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Both islands are part of the northern Leeward Islands, and are under a hurricane warning as Irma approaches the region.

Tropical Storm Jose could strengthen into a hurricane by late this week.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles. The storm is far away from any land mass, and is 1,500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

The powerful hurricane could produce 10 inches of rain, cause flash floods and landslides, and create waves up to 23 feet. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe.

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