Jose Downgraded to Tropical Storm

Some restrengthening is forecast to begin on Friday, and Jose will likely become a hurricane again by the weekend.

National Hurricane Center (NHC) latest forecast for Hurricane Jose has the Category 1 storm turning northeast back into the Atlantic over the next five days.

The agency said that Jose is "expected to restrengthen by the weekend".

The National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. ET advisory confirmed this, saying that "maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 miles per hour with higher gusts but some re-strengthening is forecast to begin on Friday, and Jose will likely become a hurricane again by the weekend".

The swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and the US Southeast coast.

"Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles [185 km] from the center".

Now, as steering currents in the Atlantic remain weak, Jose has encountered wind shear in the atmosphere, weakening it into a tropical storm.

Irma's remnants are expected to slide off the U.S. East coast on Friday, Sept. 15 and into the Atlantic Ocean.

Swells produced by Jose may impact the East Coast over the next few days.

The forecast after that is less certain, with some models suggesting the storm will loop toward the north and northeast and other models having it move west toward the Bahamas. The swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and risky rip currents.

  • Angelo Rivera