Weakened Hurricane Jose could become tropical storm today

Marie Harrington
September 14, 2017

The forecast after that is less certain, with some models suggesting the storm will loop toward the north and northeast and other models having it move west toward the Bahamas.

Jose is moving toward the east near 7 miles per hour, and a turn to the southeast and south at a slow forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

Hurricane Jose's forecast, September 12, 2017.

"There is a still a lot of computer model uncertainty on Jose's next move but it still is a storm to watch for the US and Canada", said Ross Hull.

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Long-range models suggest that the strengthening high-pressure area will then force the hurricane to move west-northwest toward the East Coast, according to the Weather Underground. While it's going around in circles for the time being, Hurricane Jose is later expected to make its way up towards the nearby coast to make a landfall.

The hurricane center's forecast track shows Jose making a slow loop in the Atlantic through the next five days.

While no significant damage has been reported from Jose so far, it is still capable of "life-threatening" surf and rip-current conditions in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and the northern coast of Puerto Rico. Many models have it eventually going up further in the Atlantic Ocean while a couple of models still have the potential for landfall somewhere in the US, including North Carolina.

However, whether the hurricane hits the Canadian shores or not will depend on the timing of the frontal boundary and the strength of the high pressure ridge, Hull explained.

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