Tropical Storm Jose Forms in Atlantic Behind Hurricane Irma

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(Published Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017)

With hurricane hunters tracking one monster storm in the Atlantic Ocean, another tropical storm has formed, and it threatens to form into a hurricane as well.

Tropical Storm Jose formed in the open Atlantic, far from land, on Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Jose is located to the east of Hurricane Irma, which is a powerful and dangerous Category 5 storm heading toward Antigua and perhaps the United States. Satellite imagery shows Jose forming along roughly the same path as Irma in Hurricane Alley, the band of abnormally warm water in the Atlantic east of the Caribbean where hurricanes often form.

Jose's forecast has it turning into a hurricane on Thursday, and, while it's too soon to say for sure, its current path could take it to the East Coast.

It's the 10th tropical storm of the season. Jose has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and is about 1505 miles (2420 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles.