Trop­i­cal Storm Jose Strength­ens Again To Hur­ri­cane Cat­e­gory

Fiji Sun - - World News - Xin­hua

Trop­i­cal storm Jose has strength­ened again into a cat­e­gory-1 hur­ri­cane as it is mov­ing to­ward north­east­ern United States, the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter (NHC) said on Fri­day. Out in the At­lantic Ocean, Jose was lo­cated about 965 kilo­me­tres south-south­east of Cape Hat­teras in the US state of North Carolina, with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 130 km per hour, ac­cord­ing to an ad­vi­sory is­sued by the hur­ri­cane cen­tre. There are no coastal watches or warn­ing in ef­fect but the ad­vi­sory sug­gested ar­eas from North Carolina north­ward to New Eng­land on the east coast of the United States mon­i­tor the progress of the trop­i­cal sys­tem as it is mov­ing north­west at a speed of 15 km per hour.

A trop­i­cal storm watch may be needed for a por­tion of the coast of North Carolina on Satur­day, the hur­ri­cane cen­tre said.

The NHC in­cluded the New Jersey coast­line, Long Island, most of Con­necti­cut and Mas­sachusetts and all of Rhode Island in its “cone of uncer­tainty” that shows a prob­a­ble path of the cen­tre of a storm over a five-day pe­riod.

A ma­jor­ity of mod­els pre­dicted Jose’s cen­tre would stay over the ocean but its prox­im­ity to land will likely cause heavy gust­ing winds and rain to the north­east, in­clud­ing New York City and Bos­ton, by the mid­dle of next week.

Jose, once a cat­e­gory-5 hur­ri­cane, came on the heels of Har­vey and Irma, two hur­ri­canes that have re­cently wreaked havoc on south­ern United States, with mas­sive rain, strong winds and cat­a­strophic flood­ing.

Fore­cast­ers said Jose does not show any signs of the rapid in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion that both Har­vey and Irma went through, but they ad­vised peo­ple liv­ing on the coast keep an eye on the fore­casts.

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