RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Tropical Storm Jose has become the 10th named tropical storm of the season.
The storm formed over the open Atlantic with 40 mph and by late Tuesday night winds from the storm had reached 50 mph with higher gusts.
Jose is moving west at about 14 mph and is expected to speed up. The storm is expected to move to the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed in the next two days.
The storm is expected to strengthen, and could become a hurricane by Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“The environment in which Jose is located in appears to be quite conducive for development for the next three days,” the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday afternoon.
The forecast from the hurricane center has Jose reaching 75 mph — hurricane strength is 74 mph — in 36 hours.
Tropical-storm-force winds are present up to 45 miles out from the center of the storm, authorities said.
The peak of hurricane season is September 10.