TS Josephine Expected to Strengthen Friday

Miami, Fl. (Florida News Network)- At 500 PM, the center of Tropical Storm Josephine was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 50.6 West. about 865 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.

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).

Data and graphic credit:National Hurricane Center

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