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Tropical Storms Josephine and Kyle are hanging out in the Atlantic, not bothering anyone

There are now two tropical storms in the open Atlantic, far away from land and especially Florida.

Tropical Storm Kyle formed Friday afternoon 200 miles off the coast of New Jersey, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Kyle joins Tropical Storm Josephine in the waters of the open Atlantic Ocean.

Both storms are keeping to themselves. The hurricane center doesn’t expect Josephine or Kyle to pose a threat to Florida or anywhere else in the United States. Both are expected to weaken into tropical depressions or become post-tropical early next week.

Josephine has weakened since Thursday, with its maximum sustained winds dropping from 45 to 40 mph, according to the hurricane center’s 5 p.m. Friday advisory. It is still expected to take a turn to the north into the open Atlantic, missing the islands of the Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Storm Josephine's projected path as of 5 p.m. Friday.
Tropical Storm Josephine's projected path as of 5 p.m. Friday. [ National Hurricane Center ]

Kyle formed just before 5 p.m. Friday. Its strength is similar to Josephine’s, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 40 miles per hour. It is expected to move east deeper into the Atlantic over the weekend, posing a threat to no one on land.

Still, both are the latest indications that conditions are ripe to produce a record number of Atlantic storms this season, according to hurricane forecasters. Kyle became the earliest “K” storm to form in the history of the Atlantic, beating the previous record set by Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 24th, 2005.

The projected path of Tropical Storm Kyle as of 5 p.m. Friday.
The projected path of Tropical Storm Kyle as of 5 p.m. Friday. [ National Hurricane Center ]

While it won’t be a result of tropical activity, meteorologists at Spectrum Bay News 9 say this weekend could still be a wet one in Tampa Bay. There is a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday, most of which will be in the afternoon, and a 40 percent Sunday. There will be a high of 92 both days.

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