With Irma diminishing to a tropical storm, a hurricane-battered nation could soon shift its attention to Hurricane Jose, now meandering around the western Atlantic Ocean roughly 300 miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
As of 11 a.m. ET, Jose had winds of 105 mph, making it a Category 2 storm.
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.
As for its forecast, hurricanes in this part of the Atlantic often race out to sea and into oblivion, but that won’t be the case with Jose.
Calling it an “odd forecast track,” the National Hurricane Center said that Jose should make a small clockwise loop over the open waters of the Atlantic for the next three days. This is due, the center said, to an area of high pressure that will move around the hurricane over the next several days.
Long-range models suggest that the strengthening high-pressure area will then force the hurricane to move west-northwest toward the East Coast, according to the Weather Underground.
SOURCE: Doyle Rice