Tropical Storm Josephine expected to make eastern turn before U.S. approach

VIDEO: Tropical Storm Josephine expected to turn back towards the east before U.S. approach

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Tropical Storm Josephine won’t become a hurricane or reach the southeastern United States, according to the most recent computer models.

Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said wind shear will weaken the topical storm by Monday afternoon into a tropical depression and will then steer it back into the open Atlantic by Tuesday.

The 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed Thursday morning.

Josephine is the earliest “J” storm to form, breaking the previous record set by Jose, which formed on Aug. 22, 2005. The storm becomes the seventh this hurricane season to set a new record for early development.

5 p.m. update

At 5 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Josephine was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 50.6 West.

Josephine is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next few days followed by a turn toward the northwest late this weekend or early next week.

On the forecast track the center of Josephine is expected to pass to the northeast of the Leeward Islands over the weekend. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected through Friday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).

“What we’re going to watch with that system is pretty much a wind shear again,” Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said. “And what that does, it again rips the system apart, so it’s not going to be good for strengthening and it looks like a lot of the modeling continues to take it off to the north and he said certainly good news.”

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