Hurricane Jose Is Category 1, Continues to Weaken

Caicos after Irma

Caicos after Irma

Jose was still churning in the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday as a Category 1 storm, but some models showed the storm could have impacts has far as the East Coast of the United States by next week.

It is at 27.6 degrees north and 67.4 degrees west, about 480miles north-northeast of the Grand Turk Island.

At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Hurricane Jose's winds had dropped to 75 miles per hour from 105 at one pointMonday.

After Irma climbed up Florida, it had slowed to a tropical depression as it dumps rain over Tennessee and the Ohio Valley, NHC reported. While it's going around in circles for the time being, Hurricane Jose is later expected to make its way up towards the nearby coast to make a landfall.

Fortunately, over the weekend, Jose only brushed the islands of the Caribbean that had been slammed by Irma, such as Barbuda, Antigua and the Virgin Islands.

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At midday today, Jose was 700 miles east of Florida and could possible pose threat to the United States by this weekend. It is moving east at 6 miles per hour. The strength and location of this ridge will determine how far Jose moves westward before eventually turning north and then east again. On that track Jose is forecast to be hundreds of miles east of the Georgia and SC coasts as a hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center recognizes this uncertainty in its Tuesday morning forecasts for Jose, saying "after (three days), the confidence in the forecast decreases as the guidance diverges significantly".

After Monday night, the National Weather Service says Jose may do something odd: it could hit the brakes and start a series of loops.

- GFS, the American forecast model, and the ECMWF, the European one - keep Jose over the ocean.

The Atlantic Basin hurricane season starts up June 1st and runs until the end of November.

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