Tropical Storm Jose forms behind Irma

Tropical Storm Jose looms right behind Hurricane Irma

Tropical Storm Jose formed in the Atlantic, making it the 10th named storm of the season.

Irma is still about 1,500 miles away from Florida, but all of South Florida, including Palm Beach County, is now in the five-day forecast track cone. V.C. Bird International Airport says it is shutting down Tuesday to seek protection from the powerful storm, The Associated Press reported.

Right now Jose has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour moving WNW at 13 miles per hour.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts and some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. It's still unclear how Irma will affect the United States, though Florida is bracing for a possible hit.

Florida is now preparing for the possibility of Irma.

Tropical Storm Jose looms right behind Hurricane Irma

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Guadeloupe and Dominica, as well as the Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engao to Isla Saona and for Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince.

Invest 95L is generating a wide area of rain and storms, and a tropical depression could form in the next day or two, forecasters said.

At this point, the National Hurricane Center is advising interests in the Leeward Islands to monitor the progress of Jose.

On the current forecast track, the center will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night and early Wednesday, accompanied by life-threatening wind, storm surge and flooding.

GOES 16 visible satellite imagery of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 5, 2017.

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