Jose on track to stir N’east
HURRICANE JOSE is taking aim at the Northeast and could bring rough surf and even nor’easter conditions, officials warned on Saturday.
The Category 1 storm, still spinning its 80 mph winds in the Atlantic, is expected to slow down and weaken in the coming days.
But the system could still affect the tri-state area as it lumbers north — with parts of New York well within the storm’s possible path.
Jose is “forecast to lift north toward Long Island” this week, according to the National Weather Service. “While the exact strength and track of the storm remain uncertain, there is a low chance for strong gusty winds and heavy rain Tuesday into Wednesday.”
As it weakens, Jose is expected to remain offshore from Virginia to New England, the National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.
“However, an increase in the size of the storm or a westward adjustment in the track forecast could bring tropical storm conditions closer to the Outer Banks” off North Carolina, the forecaster said.
Early Saturday, the storm was pushing rough surf and large waves onto the shores of Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.
Jose could also affect the Virginia-to-New-England area, especially if it deviates from its forecast track, forecasters said.
Another weather system, Tropical Storm Maria, formed in the Atlantic Saturday afternoon, sparking fears that it may follow the destructive path of Hurricane Irma through the Caribbean and Florida.