Tropical Storm Jose may threaten Northeast next week

National Hurricane Center

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Jose was downgraded to a tropical storm and is "moving slowly westward" on Thursday morning, September 14, according to an update from the U.S. National Hurricane Center at 5 a.m.

“It is forecast to become a hurricane again by Friday afternoon and only clip our 400 nautical mile radius as it moves northwards midway between Bermuda and the USA coast.”.

It's time for New Jersey to start paying a bit more attention to the track of Tropical Storm Jose, which could soon strengthen back to a hurricane as it heads north.

The current five-day NHC track predicts Jose will make a northern swing that will bring it parallel to the U.S. East Coast.

"But there is still moderate to high risk for rip currents along the coast".

At one point, Jose was a Category 4 hurricane that barely missed the same islands in the Antilles where Irma made a direct hit.

Waves churned up by the storm are affecting the Southeast U.S. coast as well as Bermuda, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico and will spread toward the Mid-Atlantic coast over the next few days.

Jose is centered about 360 miles (575 kilometers) northeast of the southeastern Bahamas and is moving west-northwest near 8 mph (13 kph).

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

Jose will generally track northwestward on Friday, before turning north this weekend.

Overall, rain chances will likely be in the 30% range Saturday and drop to 20-30% or less Sunday into Monday.

Surf's up along the New Jersey shore because of Tropical Storm Jose.

That's because a ridge of high pressure in the vicinity could be stronger than expected and steer the storm first toward the northwest and then the north. Jose is forecast to become a hurricane later today. In this case, hurricane conditions are expected within the next 12 hours. So in 1953, the US began using a list of female names ordered phonetically to better clarify which Hurricanes were coming when.

In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that unseasonably warm ocean temperatures and a no-show from El Nino would contribute to a potentially "extremely active" hurricane season.

It is the fourth major hurricane to pose a threat to America and the nearby southern islands this season - after Harvey and Katia (the latter of which caused no real damage).

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