No way Jose! Slim odds of the next storm hitting Florida

No way Jose! Slim odds of the next storm hitting Florida

No way Jose! Slim odds of the next storm hitting Florida

At 5 a.m. AST/EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Jose was located near 27.5 north latitude and 69.0 west longitude, about 435 miles (700 km) north-northeast of Grand Turk Island.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles. High pressure over the Atlantic will begin to push the storm, and increase its forward speed later in the day. It is moving southeast at 9 miles per hour. "A gradual turn toward the north is expected later today and on Saturday", the Miami-based weather forecaster said in its latest advisory.

Hurricane Jose continues to churn in the western Atlantic as it continues the process of making a loop in the ocean before turning northeast.

At this time it appears that TD 14/Lee will remain in the open Atlantic and get picked-up northward by a fairly robust upper atmospheric trough mid-next week, and ultimately sealing its fate as a minor and forgettable tropical system.

In the Atlantic, Jose formed in the wake of Irma, the huge and deadly storm that ravaged islands in the Caribbean before bringing a massive storm surge and heavy rains to Florida and neighboring states.

No way Jose! Slim odds of the next storm hitting Florida

Jose remains far from land areas, so there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. "I just don't think it has a direct impact" in the Lehigh Valley. The bottom line is that this is a tricky pattern, and while it is still more likely than not that Jose does eventually go out-to-sea, there's also a better chance than models are advertising that it doesn't.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Jose is still poised to produce high surf and life-threatening rip currents as it moves north.

But Jose requires watching, he said.

It's expected to remain at hurricane intensity in the Western Atlantic as it takes an odd, looping path toward the U.S. and Bahamas later this weekend.

One model shows Maria hitting the Southeastern coast, but Martrich said it's way too early to worry about that.

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