Hurricane watch: Jose could threaten the East Coast next week

Hurricane Jose may meander not far from the East Coast through Friday

Jose, now a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 miles per hour, could take a path toward the Bahamas by Saturday, and it's too soon to tell if South Florida will be hit.

The National Weather Service is predicting a reduction in forward speed and a turn toward the north on Monday. For now, the storm is out over the ocean and it will remain there for a while. Once a powerful Category 5, Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday but it was still lashing Florida with winds and floodwaters.

Spaghetti charts for Jose show a complicated future for the storm.

Hurricane Jose continues to spin over the Atlantic.

A few of our computer models have it making landfall in New Jersey, others have it scraping the New England coast, and many models take the storm completely out to sea.

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. This looping track will help to further limit the storm's intensification this week, as it will eventually track back over its own cool water wake. Understandably, not too many in the Sunshine State have had time or attention for Jose. Irma's ultimate path and eventual decay could play an important role in determining where Jose ends up.

Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan says anytime you have a hurricane tracking to the northeast of the Bahamas it's important to keep an eye on. It's always a bit unsafe having a hurricane hanging around, and given the propensity for this particular storm to buck forecast trends, Jose is certainly worthy of the attention.

Surf and rip currents will be enhanced along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, especially later this week and this weekend, according to Rossio.



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