Hurricane Jose is travelling up the East Coast of the US and could affect an area from North Carolina to New England, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.
The NHC has issued a tropical storm warning for parts of New England from Watch Hill, Rhode Island, to Hull, Massachusetts, including Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, as of 5 p.m. ET on Monday. Those areas can expect tropical storm conditions within the next 36 hours.
Jose’s center will most likely stay out at sea, but the NHC reported that parts of the US were already feeling dangerous surf and rip currents because of the storm. Swells from Jose are also affecting the Bahamas, Bermuda, and parts of the US’ East Coast.
A tropical storm watch has been issued along the coast of Long Island from Fire Island Inlet to Port Jefferson, and from New Haven, Connecticut to Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Even if Jose stays offshore as expected, parts of the coast and Mid-Atlantic are expected to experience powerful gusts of wind, heavy rainfall with isolated flooding, and dangerous ocean conditions, including coastal flooding.
Jose was at one point a powerful Category 4 storm. It menaced parts of the Caribbean that had already been devastated by Hurricane Irma, but it turned north and spun a loop in the Atlantic. That weakened Jose to tropical storm status, but an Air Force “hurricane hunter” plane found that the storm had strengthened since Saturday morning.
As of 5 p.m. Monday, Jose had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, with some higher gusts, and was moving north at 10 mph. It’s expected to turn northeast sometime Tuesday night and remain a hurricane through Tuesday evening, the NHC said, then weaken to a tropical storm once more.
It has been an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season, and we’re just now at the peak time for storm activity.
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