Hurricane Jose has weakened but will linger over Atlantic for days

Saul Bowman
September 13, 2017

It's now about 430 miles NNE of Grand Turk Island.

As for its forecast, hurricanes in this part of the Atlantic often race out to sea and into oblivion, but that won't be the case with Jose.

It was one of four hurricanes to hit the Sunshine State that year.

However, most computer models indicate Jose will stay out to sea and complete a tight enough loop to avoid moving onshore. The NHC expects a full six days of movement, with Hurricane Jose already 300 miles away from its current location.

But models can have trouble forecasting unusual tracks such as Jose's expected path. "We should not take too much comfort, or indulge in too much angst, over a particular set of model runs". Forecasters warned that those in the Bermuda, Bahamas and U.S. East Coast should continue monitoring the storm's path to determine whether they'd be impacted. This is a common path for many tropical systems.

Jose, which has now lessened from a Category 4 to a Category 2 hurricane, was called a "messy looking hurricane" but the U.S.'s National Hurricane Center latest update as of September 11.

Irma has now been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane but surge warnings remain in effect.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 140 miles.

"If you hear a rumor, especially on social media, regarding what Jose may or may not do", it said in its morning discussion, check a reliable source, such as Mount Holly or the hurricane center. The loop back toward the coast comes after Jose is expected to travel southwest - essentially backwards - and then move closer to shore. It will likely dissipate from Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.

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