Jose is traveling toward 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 (NHC).
It’s still far more likely than not that Jose will stay out at
sea, but the
NHC reported at 11 am Saturday that parts of the US are
already feeling effects from the storm.
It’s possible that tropical storm watches will be needed for some
section of the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast within the next day or
Jose was at one point a powerful almost-Category 5 storm that
menaced parts of the Caribbean that had already taken the
brunt of Hurricane Irma. But Jose turned to the north and
spun a loop in the Atlantic, weakening to tropical storm status
before picking up strength again and heading toward the East
On Friday, Jose was again a Category 1 hurricane. At this point
Jose, which has maximum sustained winds of near 80 mph, is moving
northwest at 9 mph. Little change in strength is expected in the
next 48 hours, though an Air Force hurricane hunter plane is
currently flying out to Jose to investigate. The storm is
expected to slowly turn to track to the north by some point
Swells from Jose are already affecting the Caribbean and
southeast coast of the US. They’re expected to move up the
Mid-Atlantic over the next few days, producing dangerous surf and
rip current conditions.
The weather service also
issued an advisory for a potential new tropical storm,
currently known as potential tropical cyclone 15. NHC predicts
that this system will form into at least a tropical cyclone and
likely a hurricane as it continues its path into the Caribbean.
Once it forms into a cyclone, this will be Tropical Storm or
Tropical storm watches for this system have been issued for St.
Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe.
NHC is also keeping an eye on newly-formed Tropical Storm Lee,
which is crossing the Atlantic from Africa toward the Americas.
It’s been an
unusually active Atlantic hurricane season and we’re just now
at the peak time for storm activity.