Jose heading northwest

Published 1:05 pm Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tropical Storm Jose has become a Category 1 hurricane once again. As of 5 p.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center estimated that the cyclone was approximately 640 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, moving northwest at a speed of 10 miles per hour.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect as of press time. However, a tropical storm watch may be issued for portions of the North Carolina coast on Saturday. Jose is expected to turn to the north-northwest by late Saturday and toward the north on Sunday. Some strengthening is forecast through Saturday with possible weakening beginning on late Sunday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Swells by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern costs of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and the southeast coast of the United States. Swells are expected to spread northward along the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. during the next few days, and are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.