Tropical storm Jose has strengthened again into a category-1 hurricane as it is moving toward northeastern United States, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Friday.
Out in the Atlantic Ocean, Jose was located about 965 km south-southeast of Cape Hatteras in the U.S. state of North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 130 km per hour, according to an advisory issued by the hurricane center.
There are no coastal watches or warning in effect but the advisory suggested areas from North Carolina northward to New England on the east coast of the United States monitor the progress of the tropical system as it is moving northwest at a speed of 15 km per hour.
A tropical storm watch may be needed for a portion of the coast of North Carolina on Saturday, the hurricane center said.
The NHC included New Jersey coastline, Long Island, most of Connecticut and Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island in its “cone of uncertainty” that shows a probable path of the center of a storm over a five-day period.
A majority of models predicted Jose’s center would stay over the ocean but its proximity to land will likely cause heavy gusting winds and rain to the northeast, including New York City and Boston, by the middle of next week.
Jose, once a category-5 hurricane, came on the heels of Harvey and Irma, two hurricanes that have recently wreaked havoc on southern United States, with massive rain, strong winds and catastrophic flooding.
Forecasters said Jose does not show any signs of the rapid intensification that both Harvey and Irma went through, but they advised people living on the coast keep an eye on the forecasts. (AP=Newsis)