Tropical Storm Jose forms over open Atlantic

Tropical Storm Jose forms over open Atlantic

Tropical Storm Jose forms over open Atlantic

Tropical Storm Jose has formed in the open Atlantic, making it the 10th tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

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.

Jose will likely become a hurricane by later in the week.

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.

Reports from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 180 mph with higher gusts, up from 175 mph to 180 mph with the 8 a.m. update.

Tropical Storm Jose looms right behind Hurricane Irma
Tropical Storm Jose forms over open Atlantic

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

Irma is on a path that could take it over the northern Leeward Islands by tonight or early Wednesday. The storm isn't near land, so no warnings are in effect.

According to the NHC's new product that estimates when damaging winds may begin, Monroe through Palm Beach counties had between a 30 to 60 percent chance of feeling tropical storm-force winds beginning late Friday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Guadeloupe and Dominica, as well as the Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engao to Isla Saona and for Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince.

Forecasters are also watching a trough of low pressure located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico producing numerous showers and thunderstorms.

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