Hurricane Jose tracking westward; does the U.S. have to worry?

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The strength and location of this ridge will determine how far Jose moves westward before eventually turning north and then east again.

Back here at home, we will notice the a difference in wave heights and strong rip currents through the weekend and increasing through the middle of the next work week.

Hurricane Jose is performing its loop in the Atlantic.

“Tropical Storm Jose will likely remain a potential threat to Bermuda through Sunday.”. Many models have it eventually going up further in the Atlantic Ocean while a couple of models still have the potential for landfall somewhere in the USA, including North Carolina.

Jose, once a powerful hurricane threatening already devastated Caribbean islands, downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday.

WeatherBell has been very accurate with hurricane forecasts and they do strengthen Jose to a Category 3 storm close to the Outer Banks and a Cat 2 storm southeast of Cape Cod. But with Harvey and Irma, it has now experienced two Category 4 landfalls in 16 days.

Official National Hurricane Center forecast track.

The full hurricane season lasts until November 30, although the peak season generally stretches from about mid-August to mid-October.

On Sept. 12 at 1:35 p.m. EDT (15:35 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Hurricane Jose. Many of our most memorable and infamous hurricanes have come in the second half of September and even into October.

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