Yet another hurricane is picking up strength in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Jose is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained wind gusts near 85 mph. For the first time since 2010, there are three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean: Irma, Katia, and Jose.
One person died as a direct result of Hurricane Jose.
Update (9/18/17; 12:43 P.M. EST):Hurricane Jose is currently a Category 1 storm and has been forecasted to create life-threatening rip currents and large waves off Long Island and New Jersey on Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Weather Service also predicted fierce wind and heavy rain will pour down on the affected areas. By Sunday, Suffolk County was already feeling Jose, as they got hit with 4 to 8 foot waves. “I would expect they’d get bigger as the week goes on,” said Faye Morrone, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Brookhaven, LI, office. As Jose moves closer, the hurricane may cause flooding in communities on the Long Island Sound, as well as the Peconic and Gardiner Bays. “If you know that you tend to be vulnerable and in a space that floods during storms, take the necessary precautions.’ Morrone warned. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, northern New Jersey and New York may be hit by tropical force winds as high as 50 mph by Tuesday.
Update (9/17/17; 4:05 P.M. EST): Jose has appeared to have peaked in strength on Sunday at 90 mph. The hurricane has been predicted to slow down its intensity going forward. Jose is currently causing rip tides along the southern coastline of the U.S.
Hurricane Jose graduated from tropical storm status Wednesday afternoon when sustained winds picked up to 75 mph. The storm is expected to pick up even more within the next 48 hours.
Jose is officially the 10th named storm of hurricane season, followed by Katia who comes in at #11.
Hurricane Jose 2017: Forecast, Map, Path & Live Updates
Jose is not expected to travel in the same direction as Hurricane Irma. However, Jose is expected to pick up even more speed and strength. According to WCVB, Jose is expected to graduate from Category 1 status all the way up to a Category 3 heavyweight, with winds predicted to be up to 115 mph.
The hurricane is currently moving at a speed of 13 mph. Jose is expected to move westward this week, and may move near or north of the Leeward Islands. The storm is currently over 1,200 miles away from these islands. But the storm’s path sees it passing by the islands, particularly the northern portion.
“The northern Leeward Islands are at risk of contending with enhanced showers and tropical-storm-force conditions this weekend, which could hinder Irma recovery efforts,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said.
There have been no coastal watches or warnings issued for Hurricane Jose so far.
Here’s a look at Hurricane Jose positioned next the two other hurricanes swirling through the Atlantic.