Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

New York City in Hurricane Jose's 'cone of uncertainty'

New York City in Hurricane Jose's 'cone of uncertainty'

It was too soon to determine any other direct impacts from USA, according to the hurricane center, which encouraged East Coast residents from North Carolina on up to monitor the storm's progress. NY time, Jose was moving northwest with maximum winds of 70 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, a new tropical depression has formed far out over the Atlantic and is expected to become a tropical storm.

The storm is looping around in the Atlantic Ocean at lethargic speed, driven by steering currents to its north and, later, the south.

"A persistent onshore flow in some locations may lead to coastal flooding at times of high tide for many days even if Jose remains a few hundred miles offshore", Sosnowski said.

Rip current risks will increase along the U.S. East Coast through the weekend into early next week. As a much stronger Category 4 storm, the hurricane passed only 85 miles from the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda last weekend.

Regardless, large swells generated by Jose will continue to affect the Bahamas, Bermuda and the north coasts of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands the next several days.

Only 10-20% of the models show Jose landing on the East Coast, Duffey said. Some strengthening was forecast through Saturday, with weakening possibly beginning on late Sunday.

New York City in Hurricane Jose's 'cone of uncertainty'
New York City in Hurricane Jose's 'cone of uncertainty'

The track for Hurricane Jose is a unusual one.

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

A westward motion is the result of a ridge of high pressure to the north and then east of the storm. By early next week, Jose is forecast to be off the mid-Atlantic coast.

Before this hurricane season, the United States had gone a record 12 years without a major hurricane landfall.

The possible threat from Jose comes after two hurricanes, Irma and Harvey, hammered the United States and Caribbean. "Once it gets a little closer, we'll start making decisions", Carpenter said.

While we are not now anticipating those being an issue to the Gulf of Mexico, it is important to remember we are still in the peak of hurricane season and that the season doesn't end until November 30.

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