Jose still Category 1 hurricane as it moves toward U.S. Northeast

Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Hurricane Jose may bring trouble to the U.S. East Coast in the coming days -- producing dangerous surf and rip currents along the middle and upper coastline.

In its 11 a.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Jose remains a Category 1 storm and is located 230 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and 335 miles south of Nantucket, Mass.

The storm's sustained winds are 75 mph and Jose is moving north at 7 mph, slightly slower than it was traveling three hours earlier.

Forecasters said Jose should maintain its strength Tuesday but weaken Wednesday to a tropical storm, when its winds fall below 73 mph.

"On the forecast track, the center of Jose is forecast to pass well offshore of the Delmarva Peninsula later today, and pass well to the east of the New Jersey coast on Wednesday, and pass offshore of southeastern Massachusetts by Thursday," the NHC said.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from Watch Hill, R.I., to Hull, Mass.; Block Island, R.I.; Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; and Nantucket, Mass. Tropical storm watches were in effect on the coast of Long Island, N.Y., from Fire Island Inlet to Port Jefferson.

Jose is not expected to make landfall in the United States, but officials say it could create potentially life-threatening conditions within 36 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds about 310 miles.

Officials said in addition to the East Coast, Bermuda and the Bahamas may also be affected by Jose's dangerous swells.
UPI Staff

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