'Cane will miss city, but bring rip cur­rents


Stay away, José! Af­ter a week hov­er­ing around the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle, Hur­ri­cane José is on the move — but for now he’s pro­jected to stay well out to sea and safely away from the East Coast.

José will likely be down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm when it creeps up the At­lantic and past New Jersey and New York on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, with winds pre­dicted at be­tween 39 and 73 mph.

Its fore­cast “cone” won’t even graze the east­ern tip of Long Island, the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter in Mi­ami pre­dicted by 11 p.m. Satur­day.

North Carolina to New Eng­land should mon­i­tor the storm’s progress, the cen­ter urged.

But by late Satur­day, the cen­ter was pre­dict­ing that the worst José will give the East Coast is a good soak­ing and some dan­ger­ous rip cur­rents.

That’s a far bet­ter out­look than fore­casts from Satur­day morn­ing, which had José tak­ing a swipe at the New York by early Tues­day.

José has weak­ened since last week, when it was a Cat­e­gory 4 hur­ri­cane with 145-mph winds.

By Satur­day night, it was a Cat- egory 1, with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 80 mph.

“There’s a po­ten­tial for a good soak­ing for New York City, and pos­si­bly points north and west de­pend­ing on the track,” said Ac­cuWeather se­nior me­te­o­rol­o­gist Frank Strait.

Mayor de Bla­sio tweeted Satur­day that the city is “closely mon­i­tor­ing” José, and urged res­i­dents to know if they are in a flood zone.

José spared the Caribbean is­lands hurt most by Hur­ri­cane Irma af­ter that mon­ster storm killed 38 peo­ple.

The rav­aged par­adises may not be so lucky this week, with two new storms headed their way.

The storms — Lee and Maria — loomed in the east­ern At­lantic on Satur­day, re­ports said.

Lee is ex­pected to head west with­out gain­ing much strength, but Maria is hard on its heels.

Now a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion, Maria is ex­pected to be up­graded to a trop­i­cal storm and could reach hur­ri­cane sta­tus as it ap­proaches the Caribbean.

The new de­pres­sions have prompted a trop­i­cal storm watch for the is­lands of St. Lu­cia, Mar­tinique, Guade­loupe, Bar­ba­dos and St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines.

STORM SURGE: A fish­er­man casts into choppy waters off Mon­tauk amid Hur­ri­cane Sandy. A sim­i­lar sight could come this week as Hur­ri­cane José is ex­pected to cause high waves off New York.

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