As Irma fades, does the Lowcountry need to worry about Hurricane Jose?

As Irma fades, does the Lowcountry need to worry about Hurricane Jose?

As Irma fades, does the Lowcountry need to worry about Hurricane Jose?

In a pocket of weak steering winds in the open Atlantic, Jose is expected to make a clockwise loop.

The National Hurricane Center said Jose, once a powerful Category 4 hurricane, had 75 miles per hour winds on Tuesday morning and could weaken to a tropical storm later today.

The storm, which is now 255 miles northeast of Grand Turk Island in the Caribbean, is already complicating efforts to relieve the devastation brought about by Hurricane Irma.

Forecasters said with certainty that the storm would generate storm waves and rip currents on coasts of the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas later in the week, according to the Weather Channel.

Hurricane Jose formed less than a week after Hurricane Irma, and he's possibly headed toward the U.S. Beyond that, however, the storm's future remained unclear. "But then eventually move westward late this week and then more northward this weekend".

Caicos before Irma
Caicos before Irma

AccuWeather reports that there are "several paths" Jose can take by the third week of September, including impacting the mid-Atlantic, New England, or Atlantic Canada.

Any potential direct hit from Jose wouldn't be until next week, however.

"Aside from the UK Met Office prediction, which is well south and west of the other track models, the official forecast is near the left side of the guidance suite", it said.

This past weekend, Irma, a devastating Category 4 hurricane, swept up over the Florida Keys and then up Florida's Gulf Coast, becoming the third of this season's four catastrophic Atlantic hurricanes. FOX 13's meteorologist Dave Osterberg said Jose has been pin wheeling around the Atlantic Ocean for a while.

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