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Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Tropical Storm Warning for Southeast Massachusetts as Jose Lurks Off-shore

Tropical Storm Warning for Southeast Massachusetts as Jose Lurks Off-shore

As of the 1 p.m. CDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Jose was located about 160 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., and had winds of 60 mph.

Hurricane Jose might be a few hundred miles off the Jersey Shore but the storm has been impacting the coastline since Monday night.

Tropical Storm Jose continued to bring gusty winds and rain to parts of the Northeast on Thursday while getting a bit weaker. Nantucket will see the strongest effects in the area, with rain and the possibility of wind gusts around 50 miles per hour.

PSEG Long Island has bolstered its ranks with out-of-state crews to help work on any power outages and downed trees.

Jose wasn't moving much, however, and that is a trend that is expected to continue into next week.

The combination of wind shear, progressively lower ocean-heat content as Jose departs the Gulf Stream and drier air weakened it to a tropical storm Tuesday evening, and Jose is expected to become a non-tropical low-pressure system later this week. Scattered power outages and tree damage can not be ruled out along the immediate coast within the tropical storm warning area through Thursday. Locally higher rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are possible on Nantucket.

Potential coastal hazards from the storm include high surf, beach erosion and unsafe rip currents.

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