Jose on track to stir N’east

New York Daily News - - NEWS - De­nis Slat­tery

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.

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