Sitting between 400 and 500 miles to the east of Florida, Hurricane Jose is in the strengthening phase at the moment. The storm has fluctuated intensity in the last several days after nearing the northeast Caribbean as a major hurricane. The storm spent some time the past two days as a tropical storm, but it is encountering more favorable weather conditions to get stronger at the moment. Here are the latest stats.
Jose is still forecast to move a little west of due north the next few days, impacting areas along the U.S. East coast from the Outer Banks to Cape Cod and to New England. The primary impacts will be life-threatening rip currents, coastal erosion, and coastal flooding.
The weather models are in very good agreement taking the center of Jose to the north, then the east as it brushes by the outer southeast extension of New England and the nearby islands Tuesday into Wednesday.
Tropical storm-force winds will be possible from late Sunday or early Monday along the outer banks, late Monday through Wednesday in areas from New Jersey to southeastern New England. Of course, this is very track-dependent and once we get a little closer, those exact hour-by-hour details will become more clear. As it appears right now, the biggest impacts look to be felt along Cape Cod and the Northeast coast due to erosion and possible flooding.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier