Tropical Storm Jose tracking toward East Coast, could become a hurricane Wednesday

Tropical Storm Jose
Tropical Storm Jose National Hurricane Center

While everyone has been closely watching Hurricane Irma, Tropical Storm Jose formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday and could become a hurricane Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Jose is close to hurricane strength with sustained winds at 70 mph as of 11 a.m. Wednesday. It is expected to become a hurricane later in the day.

Jose is east of Hurricane Irma and is roughly on a course toward Antigua. The storm could affect the United States sometime next week. A preliminary forecast track has Jose moving to the north of Irma’s path, in the direction of the U.S. East Coast and, potentially, North Carolina.

Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Sept. 5. Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as Irma could possibly impact South Florida.

Fly though Hurricane Irma in a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft via a time lapse video. (No Audio)

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