Newest tropical depression forms in Atlantic, forecast to become tropical storm by Wednesday night

Tracking the Tropics

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A new tropical depression formed in the tropical Atlantic Ocean Tuesday and could be a tropical storm by Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Depression 11 was located a little more than 1,200 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Its maximum sustained winds were 35 mph, according to an advisory issued at 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The tropical depression is moving west at about 14 mph. That general motion is expected to continue until a west-northwestward turn expected Wednesday night.

Some strengthening is forecast in the next 48 hours.

It is expected to become a tropical storm by Wednesday night, the NHC said.

Josephine is the next name in the NHC’s queue. If it reaches tropical storm status, it would be the 10th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season.

The last was Hurricane Isaias, which made landfall on the North Carolina coast as a Category 1 storm on Aug. 4.

This would be the earliest “J” named storm in the Atlantic, beating the record set in 2005 when Tropical Storm Jose formed on Aug. 22.

The system should be torn apart as it moves north of the Lesser and Greater Antilles

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