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Hurricane Jose Prompts Tropical Storm Watches Along East Coast

Tropical storm watches have been posted for the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coastline due to possible impacts from Hurricane Jose.

Jose is expected to bring tropical storm force conditions along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts during the first half of the week. Blinding downpours, gusty winds and minor coastal flooding are the primary impacts through Wednesday.

As of  Sunday evening, Jose is a strong category one hurricane packing maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with higher gusts. Jose is moving north and is expected to make a turn toward the east-northeast as it nears southern New England.

A landfall in southern New England is not impossible but not likely. Hurricane Jose is expected to pass within a couple hundred miles to the southeast of Nantucket, MA on Wednesday. While a direct hit appears unlikely, tropical storm force winds extend 205 miles away from the center.

Coastal communities under a tropical storm watch may experience wind gusts to 60 mph, scattered power outages and minor coastal flooding. Preparations along the coast should include securing loose objects that may blow around, especially lightweight objects.

Flooding threat will be elevated with the potential to receive 1-3 inches of rain through Wednesday.

Eastern Long Island and southeastern Massachusetts are most at risk for tropical storm force impacts.

Areas from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to New England can expect rough surf to continue through much of the week, leading to severe rip currents and beach erosion.

Hurricane Jose is expected to gradually weaken as it progresses toward the north.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos

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