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New storm forms, may turn hurricane by Friday

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Tropical Storm Jose, the 10th tropical storm of the season, has developed near latitude 12.3 degrees north and longitude 39.1 degrees west.

The National Hurricane Centre in the United States, in its 11 o’ clock advisory this morning, stated that Jose was moving towards the west-north-west near 13 miles per hour (mph).

It added that a movement towards the west or west-north-west at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40mph, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday, said the National Hurricane Centre.

It added that tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008mb (29.77 inches).

In the meantime, the category 5 hurricane, Irma, is moving closer to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) with winds of 180mph, with higher gusts.

At 11 o’ clock this morning, it was located near latitude 16.8 north, longitude 58.4 west.

Hurricane Irma will move into the BVI area today, causing weather conditions to significantly deteriorate later this evening into tonight and tomorrow. A hurricane warning remains in effect for the BVI.

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