Forecast track for Tropical Storm Josephine. Image courtesy Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS).

A new tropical storm has formed—Tropical Storm Josephine—and at present, is posing NO DIRECT THREAT to Trinidad and Tobago, according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS).

The Met Service advises in a news release, that at 11:00 am today, Thursday 13th August 2020, the centre of Tropical Storm Josephine was located near latitude 13.7 N, longitude 49.2W or about 1565 km east-southeast of the Leeward Islands.

The system is expected to strengthen during the next 48 hours, and forecasters will continue to monitor its activity closely.

The TTMS notes that TS Josephine is moving toward the west-northwest at 24 km/h, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next few days. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 km/h with higher gusts.

TTMS forecasters explain that on its projected track, this system is not expected to pose any direct threat to Trinidad and Tobago, or Grenada and its dependencies.