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Tropical Storm Josephine was formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday morning, said forecasters from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, which is the 10th named storm during the Atlantic hurricane season 2020, has a maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

Josephine broke the formation record for the first season of Storm J-Name in the Pool: The previous record belonged to Jose, which was developed on August 22, 2005.

During an average hurricane season, the 10th named storm does not form until October 19th.

From the 11th ET Advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Josephine was approximately 975 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands and traveled west-northwest at 15 mph.

No shores or warnings were in effect.

Josephine rides on the lower part of the Bermuda mound. When it reaches a weakness in the counterclockwise vortex that usually lives between Bermuda and the Azores, it will take a more northerly course.

AccuWeather Hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said that “we expect this system to move in a curved path west-northwest and then northwest in the coming days.”

This projected route could take Josephine relatively close to the Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean this weekend.

Even if the center of the storm remains over the open water, the system can pass close enough to bring heavy rain and strong winds to parts of the Leeward Islands.

The storm is not expected to intensify into a hurricane, say forecasters and can actually spread within the next five days.

So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna and Isaias have also set records for being the earliest named Atlantic storms from their respective places in the alphabet. Only Hanna and Isaias this year have developed into hurricanes.

Contribution: The Associated Press

Kimberly Miller reports for the Palm Beach Post; Doyle Rice for USA TODAY

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