Jose a hurricane again, track brings storm close to New England

Jose a hurricane again, track brings storm close to New England

Jose a hurricane again, track brings storm close to New England

Over the past couple of days, Jose has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but he expected to strengthen again, likely becoming a Category 1 hurricane before moving close to the east coast. Jose had been a risky Category 4 tropical storm, with 150-mph winds, and now it has been declared a hurricane once more.

Although Tropical Storm Jose was located off the coast of southeastern is stirring up the waters along the U.S. East coast, causing unsafe conditions.

At this time, the NHC keeps the system tropical storm strength over the next 5 days.

"Interests from North Carolina northward to New England on the east coast of the United States should monitor the progress of this system", officials at the National Weather Service wrote.

NOAA's GOES East satellite saw Jose centered about 360 miles northeast of the southwestern Bahamas on September 15.

Jose was a category 1 storm with 75 miles per hour winds as of 5 p.m. Friday.

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The storm is forecast to pass well offshore of North Carolina early next week and could then menace New England.

Swells will start to ease across the north- and east-facing beaches of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos islands and the Bahamas as Jose moves farther away this weekend. The forecast gives about a 1-in-4 chance of seeing tropical storm-force winds - more than 39 miles per hour - in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

The storm is being steered by a high pressure ridge to the north. But it weakened after reaching that peak last weekend.

Jose will not impact the southeastern USA, other than bringing a long period swell and rip currents this weekend.

In the wake of Harvey and Irma, two devastating storms, there's still about two and a half months of the hurricane season left.

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