No way, Jose: Hurricane slightly weakens in Atlantic


The official track shows Jose will not have any impact along the eastern United States. "None of the computer models, at this point, have it headed toward our state".

With more than two months left in the current hurricane season, NOAA advises coastal residents to have a plan should a tropical system threaten or strike.

According to the long-term forecast, Jose is expected to turn northeast Monday night, then move slower toward the southeast Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday night.

He said the movement of a large area of high pressure, or clockwise flow of air, would guide the storm along this week.

During that time, Jose will be moving generally westward then more northward.

- GFS, the American forecast model, and the ECMWF, the European one - keep Jose over the ocean.

Another model takes the storm through the Bahamas before hitting Florida.

Caicos before Irma
Caicos before Irma

"If you hear a rumor, especially on social media, regarding what Jose may or may not do", it said in its morning discussion, check a reliable source, such as Mount Holly or the hurricane center. Forecasters warned that those in the Bermuda, Bahamas and U.S. East Coast should continue monitoring the storm's path to determine whether they'd be impacted. Still, the cone of uncertainty comes uncomfortably close, within 200 miles of Florida and 50 miles from the Bahamas.

The forecast for Tuesday has a "high risk" for rip currents along the DE and Jersey beaches, and sees a "moderate to potentially high risk of rip currents through the weekend".

Jose already has threatened other hurricane-weary countries.

The 2017 Atlantic basin hurricane season will end on November 30.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 140 miles. Only three days earlier, Antigua and Barbuda had been devastated by a peak-strength Category 5 Irma, packing 185-mph winds. It was once a Category 4.

Hurricane Jose's forecast, September 12, 2017.