Josephine weakens, Kyle no longer a tropical storm

Josephine weakens, Kyle no longer a tropical storm

MIAMI — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Josephine weakened early Sunday and the system named Kyle became a post-tropical cyclone.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says both systems have maximum sustained winds around 40 mph.

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Each are expected to dissipate Monday. Kyle is far off the East Coast of the continental U.S. and Josephine is about 190 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Josephine is still forecast to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain to parts of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

Kyle was the earliest K-named storm to form. Prior to Kyle, the previous earliest named K-storm was the infamous Katrina which devastated much of New Orleans back 2005. Katrina formed on Aug. 24, 2005.

Only Hanna and Isaias have developed into hurricanes so far this year.

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Hurricane Isaias made landfall along the North Carolina coast last week, triggering a series of tornadoes across the state and up the East Coast. In Bertie County, one tornado destroyed a mobile park home and left two people dead.

Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said this hurricane season could be “extremely active” for the Atlantic Basic.

The updated outlook, which includes the nine storms to date, forecasts a possible 25 named storms, with 11 of those becoming hurricanes, and of those, six classified as major hurricanes. The average season has 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes and three of those become major hurricanes.