WATCH­FUL EYE ON JOSE

Cat­e­gory 1 ’cane tracks to­ward Cape

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By AN­TO­NIO PLANAS STORM­ING IN: A graphic of Hur­ri­cane Jose’s track, which is fore­cast to hit late Wed­nes­day into Thurs­day, shows the storm po­ten­tially strik­ing the coast of Mas­sachusetts.

Hur­ri­cane Jose is churn­ing its way to­ward New Eng­land, spark­ing fears that parts of the Bay State could take a di­rect hit from the Cat­e­gory 1 storm as weather ex­perts scram­ble to pre­dict how close it will come to the coast when it swirls into the re­gion later this week.

“It does look like it will ap­proach the Cape. We’re look­ing at the clos­est ap­proach for Jose to be some­time around late Wed­nes­day into early Thurs­day. We’ll see some winds and rains from it,” said Ac­cuWeather me­te­o­rol­o­gist Alan Rep­pert, who called the Cat­e­gory 1 storm “definitely some­thing to keep an eye on, even for the Bos­ton area. It’s not com­pletely ruled out for Bos­ton it­self. But it does look like the worst will be some­where along the coast­line.”

Rep­pert said the most likely track for Jose will bring the hur­ri­cane about 100 miles off Cape Cod. As of last night, Rep­pert said the story sys­tem looked “more like a win­ter storm on the Cape, with stronger waves and strong winds over the area, which we typ­i­cally see for nor’east­ers.”

And though it’s too early to tell where Jose will end up, mari­nas, coastal res­i­dents and fish­eries across the North­east are pre­par­ing for the worst.

At the Brewer Fid­dler’s Cove Ma­rina in Fal­mouth, man­ager Scott Carpenter said one cus­tomer had asked for his boat to be hauled out ahead of the storm.

“I don’t trust the weather peo­ple,” Carpenter said, not­ing he hadn’t made any other prepa­ra­tions. “Once it gets a lit­tle closer, we’ll start mak­ing de­ci­sions.”

Although Hur­ri­cane Jose was mov­ing slowly and far from land, the storm was gen­er­at­ing pow­er­ful swells that were af­fect­ing coastal ar­eas in Ber­muda, the Ba­hamas, Puerto Rico, His­pan­iola and the U.S. South­east.

The U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter in Miami said yes­ter­day that trop­i­cal storm watches were pos­si­ble for the U.S. East Coast over the next day or so and ad­vised peo­ple from North Carolina to New Eng­land to mon­i­tor Jose’s progress be­cause of the po­ten­tial for life-threat­en­ing rip-cur­rents.

The hur­ri­cane had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 80 mph and was lo­cated about 485 miles south-south­east of Cape Hat­teras, N.C., and was head­ing north at 6 mph.

Trop­i­cal Storm Norma, mean­while, neared Mex­ico’s re­sort-stud­ded Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula, and Trop­i­cal Storm Maria formed in the At­lantic Ocean and was ex­pected to strengthen into a hur­ri­cane, tak­ing aim at some al­ready-bat­tered Caribbean is­lands.

Norma, which weak­ened into a trop­i­cal storm yes­ter­day, with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 65 mph, was 210 miles south of Cabo San Lu­cas and mov­ing north at 3 mph, with fore­cast­ers say­ing it could ap­proach wa­ters south­west of the penin­sula late to­day or early to­mor­row.

The hur­ri­cane cen­ter said Maria is about 590 miles east­south­east of the Lesser An­tilles. It had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 50 mph and was head­ing west at 10 mph. It should ap­proach the Lee­ward Is­lands to­mor­row. Her­ald wire ser­vices con­trib­uted to this re­port.

GRAPHIC COURTESY OF NOAA

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