Just as the Leeward Islands prepare themselves for the impact of a monstrous Category 5 Hurricane Irma, another tropical storm which is close to becoming hurricane strength by today, has formed. Tropical Storm Jose is the 10th tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic season following Hurricane Irma. Based on current projections, the chain of islands currently in the path of Hurricane Irma could be impacted by this new tropical storm as well.
Just hours ago, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami issued its first advisory on Tropical Storm Jose. At that time, it was about 1,505 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west northwest at 13 miles per hour.
“A movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday,” the NHC shared.
In a more recent report, the NHC released another report on Tropical Storm Jose. The report shared that Jose is now carrying maximum sustained winds near 65 miles per hour and is forecast to become a hurricane two days earlier than expected. It is also expected to pass through the Leeward Islands by this weekend.
While no warnings or watches have been issued as yet, advisories have been sent out to interests in the Leeward Islands to monitor the progress of Jose.