Jose weakens to tropical storm; could bring 'dangerous' surf to east coast

By UPI Staff   |   Updated Sept. 20, 2017 at 2:20 AM
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Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Jose has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but it is still expected to bring dangerous surf and rip currents to the New Jersey shore in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday night.

In its 2 a.m. advisory, the NHC said the storm was located and 210 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Mass.

Jose's sustained winds were 70 mph and Jose is moving north-northeast at 9 mph.

Gradual weakening is expected to occur in the next 48 hours.

"On the forecast track, the center of Jose is forecast to pass well offshore of the Delmarva peninsula later [Tuesday], pass well to the east of the New Jersey coast on Wednesday, and pass offshore of southeastern Massachusetts by Thursday," the NHC said.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect from Woods Hole, Mass., to Sagamore Beach, Mass.; Block Island, R.I.; Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; and Nantucket, Mass. Tropical storm watches were in effect on the coast of Long Island, N.Y., from Fire Island Inlet to Port Jefferson.

Jose was not expected to make landfall in the United States, but officials say it could create potentially life-threatening conditions within 36 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds could extend by about 310 miles.

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