Tropical Storm Jose to produce dangerous surf along U.S. East Coast

By UPI Staff   |   Updated Sept. 21, 2017 at 2:30 AM
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Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Jose is forecast to stay safely off the U.S. East Coast but residents should experience dangerous surf and rip currents through Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.

In its 2 a.m. advisory, Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said Jose was about 150 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Mass., with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

It's moving northeast at 6 mph "and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Thursday," the NHC said.

"A slow westward motion should begin Thursday night," the NHC added. "On the forecast track, the center of Jose is expected to meander off the coast of southern New England during the next few days."

Jose is not expected to make landfall, but tropical-storm-force winds could extend 230 miles from the storm's center.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect from Woods Hole, Mass., to Sagamore Beach, Mass. -- which includes Cape Cod -- and Block Island, R.I.; Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; and Nantucket, Mass.

"Swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda and much of the U.S. East Coast and will likely cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions during the next several days," the NHC said.

Jose became the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season on Sept. 5.

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