Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Jose downgraded to tropical storm but expected to restrengthen to hurricane

Jose downgraded to tropical storm but expected to restrengthen to hurricane

The entire East coast should keep an eye on Jose as it meanders through the Atlantic over the next week, according to AccuWeather.

National Hurricane Center (NHC) latest forecast for Hurricane Jose has the Category 1 storm turning northeast back into the Atlantic over the next five days. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with gusts up to 85 miles per hour.

“Tropical Storm Jose will likely remain a potential threat to Bermuda through Sunday.”.

Most computer models indicate Jose will stay out to sea and complete a tight enough loop to avoid moving onshore.

A westward motion is the result of a ridge of high pressure to the north and then east of the storm.

"While it is too early for details at this point, the model guidance is generally west of the previous forecast", the center said in its advisory.

It's too early to tell whether Jose will affect the US coast next week.

But swells from the storm are expected to affect Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and the Southeast coast over the next several days. The swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and risky rip currents.

Jose's odd spin is because of weak steering currents that are letting it be jostled around by a large deep-layer trough to the northeast.

Elsewhere, two areas of disturbed weather are being monitored for possible development in the eastern Atlantic.

Both have low-latitude forecast tracks that would be something for the Leeward Islands to watch - if they develop. It's 445 miles east of the Bahamas and moving slowly west at 3 mph. Here's the five-day map as of 10 a.m. Thursday.

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