Tropical Storm Josephine closer to land, Kyle moving away

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Kyle moved away from the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (US) on Friday as Tropical Storm Josephine continued its crawl toward islands in the Caribbean.

Threats to land appeared to be minimal from both storms, according to the US National Hurricane Center’s 11pm advisories. Kyle was centred 400 kilometres east-southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, while Josephine was 600 kilometres east of the northern Leeward Islands.

Both storms had maximum sustained winds of 75km/h and were moving 26km/h, forecasters said.

Kyle was inching east-northeast away from land, while Josephine was sliding west-northwest toward the islands.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect for either storm. Josephine was forecast to bring three to eight centimetres of rain to parts of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. It has been an active Atlantic hurricane season and forecasters predict several more named storms are on the way.

So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine and Kyle have set records for being the earliest named Atlantic storms of their place in the alphabet.

Only Hanna and Isaias this year have developed into hurricanes.

Before Kyle, the earliest ‘K-named’ storm was Katrina, which formed August 24, 2005, according to Colorado State University Hurricane Researcher Phil Klotzbach.

Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean earlier this month. Several others across multiple US states were then killed when the storm made landfall in North Carolina and moved through the East Coast, leading to floods, tornadoes, fires, and widespread power outages.