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

The hurricane, the 10th to be named during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, has a maximum sustained wind force of 45 miles per hour.

Josephine has broken the early forming record for hurricane named J in the basin: The previous record belongs to Jose, developed on August 22, 2005.

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

As of 11:00 ET consulting from the National Hurricane Center, Josephine is approximately 975 miles east-southeast of the North Leeward Islands and going west-northwest at 15 mph.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

Josephine is riding under the tutelage of Bermuda High. Once it reaches the weak point in the counter-clockwise vortex that normally lives between Bermuda and the Azores, it will go more north.

AccuWeather storm expert Dan Kottlowski said “we anticipate the system to move on a curved path in a northwest and then northwestern direction in the coming days.”

This proposed route could bring Josephine relatively close to the Leeward Islands in the northeastern part of the Caribbean this weekend.

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

Forecasts say the storm has not strengthened into a hurricane and could truly dissolve within the next five days.

So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna and Isaias have also set the record as the earliest named Atlantic hurricanes in respective places in the alphabet. Only Hanna and Isaias this year have grown into storms.

Contribution: Associated Press

Kimberly Miller reports to the Palm Beach Post; Doyle Rice for the United States TODAY

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