Hurricane Jose threatens East Coast
Hurricane Jose continues to track northward across the open waters of the western Atlantic. Tropical storm watches are in effect for along the coast of Long Island and Connecticut with tropical storm warnings in effect for the coast of Rhode Island and much of Massachusetts.
Hurricane Jose is centered about 240 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, as of early Tuesday morning, and is producing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
Jose will be a concern for the Northeast, especially New England and Atlantic Canada. The track of Jose could have the storm pass very close to southeastern New England late Tuesday into Wednesday. However, it now appears as though the storm may remain slightly farther offshore. The greatest impacts in the form of strong wind gusts and heavy rain will be felt across eastern Long Island, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard late Tuesday through Wednesday.
Regardless of the exact storm track, dangerous surf and rip currents will impact Bermuda, the Eastern Seaboard and Atlantic Canada through much of this week. Waves in excess of 10 feet will occur over the next several days from the Outer Banks to New England.
Coastal flooding is also a major concern. Astronomical influences will push tide levels 1-2 feet above normal from the Outer Banks to New England through at least Wednesday. This will be exacerbated by wave action and strong onshore winds, the degree to which will determine the exact impacts, that could prove severe. Beyond Wednesday, Jose will slow down and meander off the northeastern U.S. coast while weakening, but the impacts will lessen significantly.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria is once again an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane and continues to track slowly toward Puerto Rico. Maximum sustained winds are at 160 mph with higher gusts.
Catastrophic wind damage is expected near the center of Maria with wind gusts of at least 140-160 mph likely. In areas struck by Irma earlier in the month, significant structural damage is a serious threat, especially in those structures already weakened. Power outages will be expansive and will likely last for weeks. Travel will be halted by downed trees and debris. Any loose objects can easily become airborne and turn into dangerous projectiles. Irma cleanup efforts will be disrupted.
Heavy rainfall, in excess of 12 inches in some areas, will produce life-threatening flooding and mudslides. This will produce water damage to many dwellings, and those in the path of mudslides will be destroyed. Expect power disruptions in mountainous terrain. A storm surge of 6-10 feet will lead to flooding across the Leeward Islands.
Maria is expected to track toward the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola by Tuesday night and Wednesday as a major hurricane (Category 4 or 5) and will deliver flooding rain, destructive winds well over 100 mph and mudslides. By this weekend, Maria may threaten the Bahamas and all interests across the southeastern United States need to continue to monitor Maria as well.
In addition to Jose and Maria, Lee has degenerated into a remnant low as of late Monday evening.