Hur­ri­cane Jose lurks off East Coast

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD - By Greg Porter

Hur­ri­cane Jose con­tin­ued to me­an­der off the coast on Satur­day, spin­ning about 500 miles south­east of Cape Hat­teras, N.C.

A sprawl­ing high-pres­sure sys­tem over the central At­lantic Ocean is pre­vent­ing Jose from head­ing out to sea, mean­ing it could pose a threat to parts of the East Coast through the com­ing week.

After weak­en­ing to a trop­i­cal storm on Thursday, Jose re­turned to Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane sta­tus Fri­day night. Its max­i­mum sus­tained winds were 80 mph as of mid­day Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter.

Un­der weak up­per-level winds, Jose had made lim­ited for­ward progress over the past week. How­ever, over the next few days, the west­ern edge of the high­pres­sure sys­tem that is trap­ping Jose is ex­pected to weaken. This should cre­ate a path for es­cape.

The con­sen­sus track from the lat­est weather model up­dates now keeps Jose well off the MidAt­lantic coast, with the storm likely to make its clos­est pass to the D.C. re­gion Tues­day. At that point, Jose should be 100 miles or more east of Delaware.

It is un­clear what the in­ten­sity of Jose will be later in the week — it may even be act­ing like a win­ter­time nor’easter by then.

Along with Jose, trop­i­cal storm ac­tion in the At­lantic re­mains ex­tremely ac­tive. Trop­i­cal Storm Lee was named Satur­day morn­ing off the African coast, to the west of the Cape Verde Is­lands.

Out ahead of Lee, a po­ten­tially more omi­nous low-pres­sure dis­tur­bance is gath­er­ing steam. Chris­tened Maria, this area of or­ga­nized con­vec­tion is show­ing signs of in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion. It is presently track­ing due west to­ward the Lesser An­tilles.

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