Hurricane Jose Still in the Atlantic Ocean, No Immediate Threat to Land
Hurricane Jose continues to move northward through the Atlantic Ocean, about 300 miles north-northeast Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos. Jose is a category 2 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds push out up to 140 miles, but are not reaching in land areas at this time. Swells generated by Jose will affect portions of Hispaniola, the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands over the next couple of days. These swells are likely to produce high surf and rip current conditions.
Jose should begin trending more northward later today. The storm is expected to make a slow loop over open waters for the next few days. The rather odd forecast track is the result of a mid-level high to the east of Jose which will build south of the cyclone Tuesday, then west Jose in about 48 hours. Later in the week, the high will move north of Jose. By the end of this week, Jose should track toward the west-northwest with a bit faster forward motion as the mid-level high strengthens to the northeast of Jose.
Northerly wind shear should continue to affect the hurricane for the next couple of days and some weakening is expected. Jose will also likely also cross its own wake in the middle of the week, which usually results in some weakening due to cooler water temperatures. At the end of this week, the storm will move back into warm ocean temperatures and may increase slightly in intensity.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels