Storm Team 10: Jose will make closest approach today
Here's an update as of 6 a.m. Wednesday on "Jose":
Tropical Storm Jose is making its closest approach to Southern New England today.
Top wind of 65 mph with higher gusts. These winds are extending 230 miles out on the north side of the storm.
The Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Cape and Islands, including Block Island.
With a track a bit farther offshore, it's likely that the strongest wind and heaviest rain will be limited to Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and the Cape.
Rain: Showers of variable intensity, with the heaviest rain falling across southeastern Massachusetts, through Wednesday afternoon.
Total rain amounts of 1/2" to 3-plus inches, with the lowest amounts across western Rhode Island and the highest totals from New Bedford/Fairhaven east through Cape Cod and the Islands. There is the potential for localized flash flooding across far eastern Massachusetts on Wednesday with this rain.
Wind: The strongest wind gusts will occur around the same time frame as the heaviest rain... through Wednesday evening. Roughly 25 to 40 mph wind gusts for MOST of the area with the strongest across coastal communities of RI and SE mass...I expect the 50 mph gusts to mainly be limited to the outer Cape and Nantucket. Wind gusts of this magnitude can cause pockets of tree damage and scattered power outages.
Wave Heights: This is the biggest impact, on the marine community. 10 to 14 foot heights Tuesday night into Wednesday across Block Island and Rhode Island Sounds. An incredible 15 to 20 foot wave height potential south of Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket! Heights will be much less for Buzzard's and Narragansett Bays. Rip currents are a BIG hazard BUT we are past peak beach season...regardless, be wise and STAY OUT OF THE WATER through at least Thursday!!
Several viewers have sent in photos of the building waves -- and they are impressive!
NBC 10 reporter Jared Pelletier sent in some video of the waves off Gooseberry Neck in Westport earlier, as well.
We will keep you updated all week on Jose. Also, extremely powerful hurricane Maria is moving toward Puerto Rico and should make landfall there this morning, it is now a Cat 4 storm can be tracked here: Follow this link for more.
Thanks for reading...Mark
*Updated by Kelly Bates to include updated data.