Tropical Storm Jose forms in the open Atlantic

On the forecast track, the extremely risky core of Irma is forecast to move over portions of the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Hurricane Irma will not be near Florida until sometime this weekend.

On the heels of Hurricane Irma, which reached Category 5 strength on Tuesday morning, Tropical Jose formed.

Jose will likely become a hurricane by later in the week.

Jose is moving west-northwest at about 13 miles per hour and is expected to speed up in the next two days.

Update 8 a.m.: Hurricane Irma has strengthened to Category 5 hurricane with 175 miles per hour winds.

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Jose could begin to feel some increasing wind shear partly due to outflow winds aloft from Hurricane Irma, which may put a crimp on its intensification.

Jose became the Atlantic's 10th named storm during the 2017 season. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma's path - potentially impacting millions of Floridians.

Elsewhere, it is too early to determine what direct impacts Irma may have on the continental United States, including the SC coastline. The storm isn't near land, so no warnings are in effect.

On Irma's heels is a system the NHC is giving a 90 percent chance of development over five days.

Jose has formed as Hurricane Irma is surging forward, further to the west in the Atlantic, as a Category 5 storm.

A trough of low pressure located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is producing numerous showers and thunderstorms.

  • Sonia Alvarado