Tropical Storm Jose forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Jose forms in the Atlantic

As if powerful Hurricane Irma weren't enough, forecasters are now monitoring a new tropical system, which has formed over the open Atlantic.

The eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 58.4 West, 225 miles east of Antigua and about 230 miles east-southeast of Barbuda.

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

Maximum sustained winds for Tropical Storm Jose were reported at 40 miles per hour.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

The National Hurricane Center issued a special 8 a.m. advisory saying an Air Force Hurricane Hunter found an intensifying Irma this morning as it approaches the Leeward Islands.

In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we can not afford to not be prepared.

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. Any land impacts were still unknown this early out. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

"The decisions that we make in the next couple of hours can make the difference between life and death", Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello told the Associated Press.

States of emergency have been declared in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AP reported.

Tropical Storm Emily made landfall in the Anna Maria Island area and is making its way across the Sunshine State.

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