Jose weakens to tropical storm off U.S. East Coast

By UPI Staff   |   Updated Sept. 20, 2017 at 9:54 AM
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Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Hurricane Jose has weakened to a tropical storm, but it's still expected to bring dangerous conditions to the New Jersey shore in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 8 a.m. advisory Wednesday, the NHC said the storm was located about 165 miles south of Nantucket, Mass.

Jose's sustained winds were 65 mph and it is moving northeast at 8 mph.

The NHC expects the storm to gradually weaken in the next couple of days as the storm moves through cooler waters.

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

Tropical storm watches for Long Island and Fire Island Inlet to Port Jefferson were discontinued. Tropical storm warnings were in effect from Woods Hole, Mass., to Sagamore Beach, Mass., which includes Cape Cod; Block Island, R.I.; Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; and Nantucket, Mass.

Jose is not expected to make landfall in the United States, but officials say it could create potentially life-threatening conditions. Tropical-storm-force winds could extend by about 230 miles.

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